Exhibition: Tales of the City: Art Fund International and the GoMA collection, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, opens December 15 2011
© The Peter Hujar Archive, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
What would you do with £1 million to invest in an already brilliant collection? Curators from Govan to Guildford might have envied the Gallery of Modern Art's kitty from The Art Fund.
When the resulting purchases start to go on display this weekend, they will star works from the likes of flamboyant German sculptor Thomas Demand and hard-hitting American textual conceptualist Barbara Kruger, as well as rising stars including Emily Jacir – the young Palestinian artist whose documentations of the conflict in her native territory have won international acclaim – and David Maljkovic, the Croatian photographer with a knack for cinematic atmospherics.
The broad theme is all things city and urban, devised in partnership with Glasgow visual arts lovers The Common Guild, who have helped to present the pieces alongside gems from the much-publicised list of brilliant local artists such as Toby Paterson and Martin Boyce.
"The Art Fund has provided an amazing opportunity for Glasgow to develop its collection of contemporary visual art, and to bring works of international significance to the city on a permanent basis to be enjoyed by future generations," says Common Guild Director Katrina Brown.
"This exhibition is a wonderful moment to see the city's growing collection of world-class work, and to appreciate the international context in which Glasgow's own artists have thrived."
All the acquisitions will have been revealed by the time the series of planned exhibitions have finished in August 2012.
"The grant has allowed us to enhance our collection with work from some of the finest contemporary artists in the world," says Councillor George Redmond, the chair of the city's overseeing cultural body, Glasgow Life.
"We have bought dozens of works which the people of Glasgow and visitors to our city will be able to enjoy and admire for years to come."
- Open 10am-5pm (8pm Thursday, 11am-5pm Friday and Sunday. Closed December 25-26, January 1-2, closes 12.30pm December 31). Admission free.
- Visit Art Fund International for more on the Fund's series of collecting partnerships with venues.