Richard Long, Cornish Slate Ellipse, 2009. Credit: ARTIST ROOMS, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through the d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008.

2012 Artist Rooms tour announced

Simon Stephens, 31.08.2011
Nineteen new exhibitions and displays to go on show at 17 venues across the UK
The small Scottish towns of Banff, Dunoon and Linlithgow are among the 17 venues that will host the 2012 Artist Rooms tour of modern and contemporary art, it was announced this week.

Works by American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe will be shown at the Burgh Hall in Dunoon and Linlithgow Burgh Halls in West Lothian, as well as Perth Museum and Art Gallery, as part of the Mapplethorpe Scottish Tour.

Meanwhile, images by German portrait and documentary photographer August Sander will feature at Duff House in Banff, before moving to Leicester's New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Other highlights of the 2012 Artist Rooms tour include a new contemporary arts venue in Belfast, The MAC, featuring Los Angeles-based artist Robert Therrien as part of its opening programme.

The recently opened Hepworth Wakefield will present work by English sculptor Richard Long while Ferens Art Gallery in Hull will feature Andy Warhol.

Artist Rooms is jointly owned and managed by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. It is made up of more than 725 works collected by Anthony d’Offay, who sold them to the nation in 2008 for £26.5m, the price he originally paid for them. At the time the collection was valued at £125m.

This is the fourth Artist Rooms tour and by the end of 2012 the works will have been shown in 44 UK museums and galleries. The Art Fund, a national fundraising charity for works of art, supports the tour with a £250,000 grant.

The full 2012 Artists Rooms tour will be as follows:

Mostyn, Llandudno
Anselm Kiefer
3 December 2011 - 11 March 2012

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh    
Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing #1136    
December 2011 - November 2012

Tate Liverpool
Martin Creed
24 February – 27 May 2012

Tate Britain, London     
Vija Celmins
27 February – 2 September 2012

The Burgh Hall, Dunoon (part of Mapplethorpe Scottish Tour)
Robert Mapplethorpe
March – June 2012

The MAC, Belfast    
Robert Therrien
26 April – 14 July 2012

Duff House, Banff
August Sander
1 April - 31 August 2012

Graves Gallery, Museums Sheffield    
Andy Warhol Self-Portraits
7 April – 1 December 2012

Tate Modern, London    
Joseph Beuys
Bruce Nauman
Spring 2012 – spring 2013

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Andy Warhol
2 June – December 2012

The Hepworth Wakefield    
Richard Long
23 June – 14 October 2012

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery    
Conceptual Art
30 June – 23 September 2012

Linlithgow Burgh Halls, West Lothian (part of Mapplethorpe Scottish Tour)
Robert Mapplethorpe
July - October 2012

Tramway, Glasgow    
Jannis Kounellis
13 July – 9 September 2012

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester     
August Sander
29 September 2012 – 6 January 2013

The New Art Gallery Walsall    
Damien Hirst
October 2012 – October 2013

Perth Museum and Art Gallery (part of Mapplethorpe Scottish Tour)    
Robert Mapplethorpe
November 2012 – April 2013

mima, Middlesbrough
Jannis Kounellis
23 November 2012 - 10 March 2013


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