November 15, 2013 - Neues Museum - State Museum for Art and Design in Nuremberg - Contemporary Art from Glasgow
November 15, 2013

Contemporary Art from Glasgow

Claire Barclay, Unbound, 2013. Mixed media installation, ca. 400 x 275 x 360 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Photo: Neues Museum (Annette Kradisch).

Function / Dysfunction: Contemporary Art from Glasgow
18 October 2013–9 February 2014

Neues Museum
Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg
90402 Nürnberg
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Thursday 10am–8pm

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The idea of portraying dynamic centres of contemporary art led to the development of the exhibition Function / Dysfunction. Contemporary Art from Glasgow. It features six artists who live and work in Scotland’s largest city, which has emerged as a vibrant and influential art hub in the period since 1990. Organised as part of the /prospekt/ series, the exhibition presents works created specifically for the facade spaces of the Neues Museum. As the installations are visible through the building’s curved glass front, they also have a strong impact on the urban surroundings.

The title of the exhibition refers to the overarching theme that informed the selection of artists. Consistent with its location in a museum of both art and design, the show not only portrays aspects of the Glaswegian art landscape but also highlights an international trend for contemporary art to draw upon or incorporate design elements and applied forms of art, either by referencing design objects, integrating utilitarian items, working with industrially produced materials or employing craft-based or artisanal techniques.

The careers and backgrounds of the six chosen artists reflect Glasgow’s evolution into an established art centre. Three of them—Martin Boyce, Claire Barclay and Mary Redmond—were born in the city or the surrounding area, while Nick Evans, Ciara Phillips and Nicolas Party belong to a slightly younger generation who came to Glasgow to study in the 1990s and 2000s. All six artists have created impressive, context-based installations that can now be experienced at first hand in the Neues Museum.

Curator of the exhibition: Melitta Kliege

The exhibition has received generous financial support from
the British Council and Creative Scotland
as part of the Creative Futures in Germany initiative,
the State of Bavaria
as part of its regional partnership with Scotland,
and is also supported by the City of Nuremberg
as part of its town twinning link with Glasgow.

Related events:

Guided tours led by the curator of the exhibition, Dr Melitta Kliege
Thursday, 24 October, 6pm
Thursday, 16 January 2014, 6pm

Dr Sarah Lowndes, Glasgow School of Art:
“Window-shopping: Glasgow Art and the Politics of Display”
Thursday, 5 December, 7pm

Artists’ talks
Claire Barclay and Nick Evans talk about their work
Thursday, 30 January 2014, 7pm

Workshops: Transformations
For children aged 8 and older
Wednesday, 29 January 2014, 2:30–5pm
For children aged 13 and older
Thursday, 30 January 2014, 2:30–5pm

Exhibition catalogue
Function / Dysfunction. Contemporary Art from Glasgow is accompanied by an extensive catalogue that introduces the six participating artists and examines their work to date. The central themes of the exhibition—on the one hand, the relationship between art and design, as well as the different ways in which these can be combined, and on the other, the city of Glasgow’s development into a major centre for contemporary art—are also explored in the catalogue. A number of pages are devoted to each of the featured artists, with texts contributed by Kitty Anderson, Oliver Basciano, Fiona Bradley, Katrina Brown, Stephen Feeke and Fiona Jardine. The publication also includes an introduction to the thematic framework of the exhibition by the curator Melitta Kliege and an essay on the rise of the Glasgow art scene by Sarah Lowndes.

An insert with photographs of the new installations created by the six artists especially for the exhibition at the Neues Museum is included in the publication. Designed by Kühle und Mozer in Cologne and published by Verlag für moderne Kunst in Nuremberg, the catalogue will be on sale during the exhibition at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, and is available from bookshops.
160 pages, numerous illustrations.
ISBN 978-3-86984-481-7

Coming soon:
Patricia Urquiola and Rosenthal. Landscape
November 15, 2013–February 16, 2014


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