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Gallery branches out as art shows take root

A huge cherry tree will fill the interior of the University's Talbot Rice Gallery as part of an anarchic new show.

Standing more than eight metres tall and touching the ceiling, the tree is the centrepiece of acts of display, a new exhibition from Glasgow-based artist Rob Kennedy. 

The tree was sourced from Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park. Over the course of the show the leaves will fall and litter the indoor space.

It is one of three free shows in the Gallery. They open on Saturday 29 October and run until 17 December.             

acts of display

Also featured in Kennedy's exhibition are a new video work, found objects, cracked LCD televisions and philosophical quotes daubed on walls.

The show will also feature life-size representations of a human characters that appears to have leapt from a centuries-old canvas.

Curators of the exhibition hope it will challenge preconceptions about how a gallery operates and how the public consumes contemporary art.

Rob Kennedy was born in London in 1968 and lives and works in Glasgow. His recent solo projects include shows at CCA in Glasgow, the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, BBC Scotland and the British Council.

Torrie Collection

For the first time in over a decade, the University’s founding art collection has been brought back together.

The Torrie Collections contains some of the finest Dutch painting and Renaissance sculpture in Scotland. Sir James Erskine, 3rd Baronet of Torrie, bequeathed the works to the University in 1836.

Artworks include Ruisdael’s Banks of a River, de Vries’ dramatic Cain and Abel, and the Anatomical Figure of a Horse, a stunning insight into the quest of Renaissance artists to develop the understanding of anatomy.

Stephen Brandes

Parc du Souvenir is a new body of work from Cork-based artist Stephen Brandes.

Inspired by the radical ideas of Scottish sociologist and city planner Patrick Geddes and the fabulist novel The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, Brandes has installed a huge billboard in the University's Old College Quad. It contains an image that reimagines the same space with a large statue in the middle of the lawn.

Inside the Talbot Rice Gallery, Brandes has created a painstakingly detailed work that imagines a garden to the nine muses placed in a Scottish landscape.

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