No borders: Contemporary art in a globalised world

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

15 December 2012 – 2 June 2013

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Bristol Museum and Art Gallery presents the fruits of an ambitious Art Fund scheme to inject international contemporary art into public collections.

In 2007, the £5 million Art Fund International project awarded substantial grants to five collections in the UK. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Arnolfini, for its part has acquired works that reflect the area’s history as a port and a site of global transaction.

Julie Finch, head of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, said of the project: 'This has been an opportunity to develop our art collections in a totally new direction, engaging with international art through contemporary media such as video and installation. We intend for No Borders and future exhibitions in the Global to Local series to draw visitors to Bristol to see these acquisitions by high profile artists.'

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Ai Weiwei’s A Ton of Tea – a compressed block of China tea that resembles a Western minimalist sculpture – gets its first public showing in the exhibition. Further highlights include Walid Raad’s Chbanieh, a fictional archive of works of art and ephemera that frames the Lebanese Civil Wars, and work from Tala Madani, Walid Raad and Zwelethu Mthethwa.

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Opening times

Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed from 2pm on 24 Dec. Closed 25 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)