This landmark series of exhibitions will celebrate some of the very best art to have emerged from Scotland in the last 25 years, and will be shown at more than 60 venues across the country from June to October 2014. This nationwide programme, which has been developed as a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, supported by Creative Scotland, will be one of the most ambitious celebrations of contemporary art ever held by a single country, recognising the huge international acclaim that artists working in Scotland have achieved over the last generation.
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will mount a ground-breaking, two-part exhibition at Modern One and the Scottish National Gallery, offering a rich, diverse and coherent view of the way that contemporary art has developed in Scotland over the past 25 years. More than 30 artists will be represented across the two sites, and works made at key moments in the last quarter-century will be shown in parallel with new work by both established and promising younger artists.
At the Scottish National Gallery, large-scale installations such as Steven Campbell’s 1990 Third Eye Centre exhibition On Form and Content and Turner Prize-winner Martin Boyce’s 2002 Tramway show Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours will be recreated. Also on show will be the abstract canvases of Turner Prize Nominee Callum Innes, video projections by Rosalind Nashashibi, and a sculptural installation by Christine Borland, not seen in Scotland before. The exhibition will also provide a challenge for Turner Prize-nominees Karla Black and David Shrigley to produce new work in response to the Gallery’s imposing neo-classical spaces.
At the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the exhibition will include spectacular installations by Ross Sinclair (Real Life Rocky Mountain, 1996), Graham Fagen (Peek-A-Jobby, 1998) and Turner Prize-winner Simon Starling (Burn-Time, 2000). A diverse range of work by artists such as Victoria Morton, Alison Watt, Julie Roberts, Lucy McKenzie, Kate Davis, Charles Avery and Jonathan Owen will demonstrate the continuing vitality of painting and drawing in Scotland and there will be new installations in sculpture, painting, collage and printmaking by Claire Barclay, Ciara Philips and Alex Dordoy. Douglas Gordon’s celebrated 24 Hour Psycho 1993 will be among the video installations on show, as will Smith/Stewart’s Breathing Space (1997), Roddy Buchanan’s Gobstopper (1999) and Soda Stream (1997) and Torsten Lauschmann’s Growing Zeros (Digital Clock) (2010).