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Robert Therrien

7 August - 31 October 2004 

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien: installation view; Inverleith House, 2004  

This exhibition of new and recent works by Robert Therrien marked the reopening of Inverleith House following a major refurbishment, and was his first solo museum exhibition in the United Kingdom.

The influence of the domestic and the fairytale in Therrien's work is in harmony with the history of Inverleith House (designed as a residence for the Rocheid family by David Henderson in 1774) set within the magical setting of the Royal Botanic Garden and overlooking the Edinburgh skyline. The exhibition included a number of major sculptures, a selection of drawings from the last fifteen years and new work from the studio, brought together for the first time.

Visitors were overtaken by a very strange familiarity with the world of the everyday, where stacks of heavy duty ceramic plates balanced awkwardly on one corner of a table, a bright shiny oil-can machined from solid steel was rooted to the floor and a heap of ancient scrubbing brushes, some vast some tiny, played monument to lives of past labour.

Therrien was born in 1947 in Chicago and grew up in San Francisco. In 1971 he moved to Los Angeles, where he continues to live today. His work has been widely shown and can be found in many leading museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney in New York and the Tate Gallery, London. Significant exhibitions have been held in his honour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and The Reina Sofia, Madrid. A travelling retrospective exhibition organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art took place in 2000 and 2001.

Exhibition presented in association with Spruth, Magers and Lee, London; Monika Spruth Philomene Magers, Cologne/Munich. Programme supported by The Scottish Arts Council. Refurbishment supported by National Lottery Funds.

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien: installation view; Inverleith House, 2004  

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien: installation view; Inverleith House, 2004  

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien: installation view; Inverleith House, 2004  

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien: installation view; Inverleith House, 2004  

All works courtesy of the artist; Spruth, Magers and Lee, London; and Monika Spruth Philomene Magers, Cologne/Munich.

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