Celebrate Burns Night with five must-see Scottish exhibitions

  • 25 January 2017

To mark the annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, here are five fantastic Scottish exhibitions you should add to your must-see list.

In addition to these exhibitions why not visit Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? It offers a comprehensive encounter with the Romantic poet and its unrivaled collection earned it a place on the Art Fund Prize short list in 2011.


Comics and Culture

This survey show explores how different societies have told stories in pictures across time, starting with hieroglyphics in Ancient Egypt and up to present day comics, such as Scooby Doo. Key examples include the original artwork for Batman, New X Men and Superman, sketches Archie Gilkison drew from the trenches during the First World War, and graphic pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Max Ernst and David Hockney.


Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place

Previously unpublished sketches and photographs are displayed alongside well-known works of art to poignantly capture the all-too-brief career of one of Scotland’s most celebrated artists. Using previously unseen archival material donated by the artist’s sister, including preparatory sketches and photographic studies, this comprehensive exhibition traces her working methods through to the construction of some the nation’s most treasured compositions.


Alphonse Mucha: In the Quest of Beauty

Alphonse Mucha was one the leading figures of the Art Nouveau movement, best known for producing highly elegant and incredibly beautiful theatrical and advertising posters. The exhibition examines how ‘le style Mucha’ evolved, paying particular attention to both the skill and the philosophy that lay behind his designs. Key objects from the museum's own collection also feature, illustrating the interchange of artistic ideas between Scotland and continental Europe.


Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha was part of the first generation of Pop artists whose work featured in New Painting of Common Objects, the 1962 exhibition that also included pieces by Lichtenstein and Warhol. His work has much in common with Pop art but escapes easy categorisation. This two-room display will be selected from the substantial collection of Ruscha's work held in ARTIST ROOMS to explore the artist's fascination with West Coast American culture.


Andy Warhol

  • 10 June – 2 September 2017

Key works spanning Andy Warhol’s 40 year career will be on display including large silkscreen paintings, early ink drawings and self-portraits. Artist Rooms is an important public collection of international contemporary art that Art Fund is helping to share across the UK.

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