The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Fruitmarket Gallery
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The Fruitmarket Gallery brings to Scotland the work of some of the world’s most important contemporary artists. We recognise that art can change lives and we offer an intimate encounter with art for free.
We make exhibitions, commissions and publications directly in collaboration with artists. We celebrate new thinking, and offer an international platform for artists, curators and writers, whether they have made their reputation here or abroad.
The Fruitmarket Gallery welcomes all audiences. We make it easy for everyone to engage with art, encouraging questions and supporting debate.
Monday-Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00- 17.00
International and British contemporary art
Architecture, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Photography, Science and Technology, World Cultures
Key artists and exhibits
- Fred Sandback, Fred Tomaselli, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Koons, Shirin Neshat, Yoko Ono, Bill Viola, Tracey Moffatt, Gerhard Richter, Dalziel + Scullion, Smith/Stewart, Graham Fagen, Victoria Morton, Ross Sinclair, Martin Boyce, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Anne Bevan, Alison Watt
Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art
- 6 March — 25 May 2015 *on now
In the 1950s and 1960s, artists in Brazil radically transformed what the object of art could be. It was a period of intense experimentation, extremely important to art history, and its effects are still being felt today.
Curator Paulo Venancio Filho has brought together objects from studios
talking directly to surviving artists from the period, to artists’ heirs and estates, and to more contemporary artists still working in this experimental tradition today. The exhibition includes objects by some of the most famous of all Brazilian artists – Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles, Ernesto Neto – and some whose work has only rarely been seen outside Brazil.
On the floor, on walls, hanging from the ceiling, on shelves or gathered together on tables as if still in the studio, these objects invite us to look at art afresh. Playing with ideas around abstraction, figuration, the ready-made and even performance, this show allows us to think again about what sculpture can be.
This exhibition is supported by Art Edu Stiftung.
- 26 June — 18 October 2015
A major solo exhibition of work by Phyllida Barlow (born Newcastle upon Tyne, 1944), who is known for monumental sculpture made from simple materials such as plywood, cardboard, fabric, plaster, paint and plastic.
Physically impressive and materially insistent, Barlow’s sculptures often seem to paraphrase real objects, particularly those found in the street. They ask questions about our relationship to objects, and about objects’ relationship to us, and seem to slip between different registers of form and meaning as we try to understand them – they often seem like things caught in the process of becoming other things, things we might have seen before or may see in the future.
Barlow makes her work in reference to the space in which it will be shown, and this exhibition will include new sculptures made specifically for The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Free Saturday Tour of Possibilities of the Object: Experiments in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Art
- 16 May 2015 From 2pm
Inspired by an infectious spirit of postwar creativity, Brazil became a leading cultural innovator in the 1950s and 60s. We've brought together a thought-provoking and eclectic mix of work by internationally famous Brazilian artists such as Helio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, and are thrilled to be able to introduce you to some artists less well known outside Brazil. With your own guided tour of this exhibition, you'll get an expert's insights into the individual exhibits as well as a fascinating overview of how Brazilian artists approached 'the object' in a highly productive period in their cultural history.