Current and forthcoming exhibitions


Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden

19 July - Extended until 5 October 2014

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 Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin Photo: Alex Delfanne.

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. Part of the 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival.



Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1966 - 2012

25 October 2014 - 18 January 2015

Tony Conrad, Fair Ground Electric Horn, 2003. Courtesy of the Artist & Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
Tony Conrad, Fair Ground Electric Horn, 2003. Courtesy of the Artist & Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne.

The first UK showing of musical instruments developed by the highly influential American artist, film-maker and musician Tony Conrad (b. 1940, Concord, US).

The exhibition explores Conrad’s relationship with improvisational sound and free invention as it relates to his film work and live performance.

Presented in partnership with Galerie Buchholz, Berlin and Cologne.

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Sue Tompkins: dug nature

Coming Soon

dug nature 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.

dug nature 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.

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