Edinburgh Art Festival announces 43 exhibitions for 2016

The UK’s largest annual festival of visual art has revealed details of its programme of partner exhibitions and pop-up events for 2016 – the 13th edition of Edinburgh Art Festival.

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Highlights of the programme include new work by leading international artists, as well as pieces from some of the most important names in the Scottish art scene, at over 30 venues across the city.

Portraiture features strongly, alongside major exhibitions of historical art, multimedia collaborations and a look at what’s to come from the next generation of talent in Scotland and beyond. In all, 43 curated exhibitions will take place, with most free of charge and unticketed.

Sorcha Carey, Director of Edinburgh Art Festival, said:

We are delighted today to announce details of the full exhibitions programme for the 13th edition of Edinburgh Art Festival.
The richness and variety of our partner exhibition programme is second to none, and this year is no exception, bringing together work by artists from across the globe and through the ages – from the Celts to Leonardo da Vinci, and all the way through (by way of Impressionism and Surrealism) to today’s leading contemporary practitioners, as well as the undiscovered greats of tomorrow.

Key international exhibitions at the 2016 Festival include Damián Ortega’s The Art of War, bringing one of Mexico’s most prominent contemporary artists to the Fruitmarket Gallery.

There will also be the largest exhibition outside Germany of the drawings of Joseph Beuys; Animitas, the first permanent UK exhibition by France’s Christian Boltanski; and his compatriot Caroline Mesquita’s first solo institutional exhibition in the UK.

The Scottish scene is strongly represented too, with major solo shows from Barbara Rae and Jonathan Owen, an exhibition looking at the careers of John Maxwell and William Gillies, new work from Glasgow-based Hayley Tompkins and a solo show from Jennifer Bailey.

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A major exhibition of self-portraiture at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will include work from artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Gustave Courbet, Marina Abramović and Ai Weiwei. More self-portraits will be on show in British photographer Jo Spence’s exhibition, while painter Alice Neel will have her first solo show in Scotland.

Themed exhibitions include a look at 30 years of Inverleith House, with work from a range of contemporary artists including Louise Bourgeois, John McCracken, Joan Mitchell and Robert Ryman. Meanwhile, at Dovecot Gallery, a multi-layered thematic exhibition traces Scottish art from 1945 to the present.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said:

This year’s programme offers an impressively vibrant and diverse selection of exhibitions and events, which is a testament to Edinburgh’s global reputation as the Festival City.
The Scottish Government is proud to support the Edinburgh Art Festival in its 13th year through the Scottish Government Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Through the annual, city-wide commissions programme which the fund supports, the festival plays a pivotal role in widening access to the arts by enabling new and emerging Scottish artists to create accessible publicly-sited works.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs from 28 July – 28 August 2016. Find out more, including links for detailed programme and ticketing information on our Festival page.

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This story originally appeared on 27 March 2016.

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