Rare Hanne Darboven works at Talbot Rice

The Scottish debut of one of last century’s most intriguing artists and a dazzling installation inspired by the University’s collections form the latest exhibitions in the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery.


accepting anything among everything / Hits and Misses

Open 12pm-5pm on weekends. Entrance FREE

Friday 31 July 2015, 10.00am

Saturday 3 October 2015, 5.00pm

Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

accepting anything among everything

Part of a generation who challenged the way that art was made, Hanne Darboven (1941-2009) created a vast body of idiosyncratic works, documenting her attempt to index life as it is lived.

The show, accepting anything among everything, is centred upon the work Life / Living (1997-1998), a monumental installation of hundreds of framed works that form a systematic representation of the years 1900 - 1999.

Photo of an installation at the Hanne Darboven exhibition

Life / Living is one of a number of installations that Darboven created using objects from her family home in Hamburg.

Island of curiosities

Her home and studio was full of objects including maps, toys and tribal artifacts that attempted to bring together different cultures and forms of information.

An island of these curiosities forms a part of the exhibition and reflects another side of Darboven, distinct from the clinical, geometric grid-works.

The exhibition is part of Edinburgh Art Festival and is supported by Hanne Darboven Stiftung, Hamburg/ VG-Bildkunst, Sprueth Magers Berlin London, The Henry Moore Foundation and the Goethe-Institut, Glasgow.

Hits and Misses

A huge drape made from more than 20,000 images from the University’s collections is the centrepiece of Fabienne Hess’s new work, Hits And Misses.

Working with the University of Edinburgh’s Collections, Hess has brought together images of every item in the Collection and reproduced them on a vast silk fabric.

The work illustates the diverse and bizarre nature of the some of the archived items, from ancient manuscripts to musical instruments, anatomical drawings to historic maps.

Influence the art

Using the University server’s index and Google analytics, Hess is also tracking the frequency each image is viewed online.

Two monitors present the collection’s most and least popular items. By searching for and clicking on these images online, the audience will have the power to directly influence the work, lifting a neglected image off the bottom, or clicking their favourite to the top.

Hits and Misses is part of the gallery’s TRG3 programme, a new programme focussing on young, emerging artists and experimental projects.

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