Art from Elsewhere gathers 38 artists from 22 countries, whose work addresses life, politics and identity in a globalised society. The exhibition includes some of the most important artists working today, seminal figures in the history of conceptual art, and young artists whose work enters British museums for the first time.
The culmination of a national tour, this specially-conceived and ambitious presentation for Bristol reflects the city’s historic significance as a port, our diverse cultures, and our place within a rapidly-changing world.
Art from Elsewhere was born from a 2007 scheme, Art Fund International, which awarded a total of five million pounds to museums in five regions to develop new collections of international contemporary art. The successful museums were Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Towner, Eastbourne.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery collaborated with Arnolfini to acquire 41 works of groundbreaking international contemporary art by ten female and nine male artists.
Curated by David Elliott, this Hayward Touring exhibition, supported by the Art Fund, is a selection of work from all five collections.
Bani Abidi, Shirin Aliabadi, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Yto Barrada, Yael Bartana, Lothar Baumgarten, Mohamed Bourouissa, Robert Breer, Paulo Bruscky, Nathan Carter, Thomas Demand, Eugenio Dittborn, Cao Fei, Meschac Gaba, Shilpa Gupta, Jenny Holzer, Peter Hujar, Emily Jacir, Jitish Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Ola Kolehmainen, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Imran Qureshi, Rashid Rana, Józef Robakowski, Shahzia Sikander, Robert Smithson, Nancy Spero, Beat Streuli, Kara Walker, Ai Weiwei, Yeesookyung, Akram Zaatari and Horacio Zabala.
Art from Elsewhere is an exhibition across two sites. Find out which artists are being exhibited at each venue by visiting the Arnolfini and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery websites.