Current and forthcoming exhibitions

Forthcoming:

Kirsty Bell: The Artist's House Discussion and Slide Lecture

Saturday 10 May, 7.30pm

Kirsty Bell's most recent book, The Artist's House: From Workplace to Artwork, examines the role of artists' domestic spaces in relation to their work. Taking the house as a receptacle, vehicle, model, theatre, or dream space, the artist's home becomes a prism through which to view not only the artistic practice of its inhabitant, but also to apprehend broader developments in sculpture and contemporary art in relation to domestic architecture and interior space.

Bell will deliver a multimedia presentation informed by her extensive research on the subject.

The Artist's House: From Workplace to Artwork is published by Sternberg Press. The publication will be available to purchase at the event.


Edward Krasinski’s apartment, Warsaw, 2003. Photo: Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga. Courtesy of Foksal Gallery Foundation.

Florian Hecker: Articulação

Sunday 11 May, Dusk (8 - 9pm)

Performance and album launch by the internationally renowned artist. Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge (2012). In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. More information on the performance can be found here.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Florian Hecker (1975) lives and works in Kissing (Germany) and Vienna. Notable among his numerous solo and collective exhibitions and performances are: dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany; Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (all, 2012); Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (Sweden, 2011, 2003); Push and Pull, A two-day performance event, Tate Modern, London (2011); MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (Germany, 2010) and No night No day, in collaboration with Cerith Wyn Evans, 53 Venice Biennale (Italy, 2009); In addition Hecker has an extensive discography with works released on labels such as Editions Mego, Pan, Presto?!, Rephlex, Warner Classics and Warp.

Sue Tompkins: You, Me and the Plants

Launching July 2014

You, Me and the Plants is a collection of readings by the Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins commissioned by Inverleith House for Generation, available as a freely downloadable podcast to be experienced on visits to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its 73 acres of landscaped grounds.

Sue Tompkins (b.1971) is one of the leading artists of her generation and is best known for her distinctive live performances and works of art which often combine elements of text, sculpture, installation and painting. She was part of the influential Glasgow-based collective Elizabeth Go and lead singer with the band Life Without Buildings. Her first major solo exhibition at a public gallery in Scotland was at Inverleith House (24 February to 17 April 2011). She lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by The Modern Institute.

You, Me, and the Plants is generously supported by The Elephant Trust and is part of Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

Sue Tompkins, 2013.

Image courtesy of the artist.

Isa Genzken

19 July - 5 October

Inverleith House is delighted to present the first UK exhibition outside London by one of the great living artists of our time, Isa Genzken. It features recent work, displayed in the seven naturally-lit rooms of Inverleith House, overlooking the landscaped grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Throughout her career Isa Genzken (b. 1948, Bad Oldesloe, Germany) has produced an extraordinary and highly influential body of work. She deals with society, economy and history in ways which are varied and radical, finding new forms which are both rigorous and liberating.

Isa Genzken studied at the State Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where she exhibited her first work of art 40 years ago, in 1974. She was one of the first artists to use computer programmes, creating geometric wooden sculptures; later dealing with sound and then light she made sculptures of concrete, steel and epoxy resin which were also profoundly different from anything else being made at the time.

In the last 15 years, her work has focussed on the urban – combining aspects of photography, collage and cheap readymade objects (from plastic toys and fake flowers to kitchen appliances and shop mannequins) to create highly distinctive sculptural assemblages, which are at once poetic, humorous and disturbing.

She represented Germany at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and was most recently the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA, New York (2013/4). The exhibition is kindly supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and the Isa Genzken Exhibitions Circle.

Isa Genzken  Untitled 2012. Copyright Isa Genzken Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin Photo: Alex Delfanne
Isa Genzken  Untitled 2012. Copyright Isa Genzken Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin Photo: Alex Delfanne.

Back to Top

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)