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Polygraphs is a group exhibition exploring truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world. Centred around Abstract (2012), a two-channel video work by Berlin based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, gifted to Glasgow Museums’ collection last year, the exhibition is drawn entirely from Glasgow Museums’ collection.

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Abstract, 2012 Hito Steyerl Two channel HD video with sound 7 minutes, 30 seconds Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Artists are often witness to a changing global environment and their role within that culture is to document, ask questions and create layers of meaning to engage audiences with current international discourses. Thus, Abstract provides a frame through which to encounter other artists interested in interrogating dominant historical narratives and our relationships to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism.

Polygraphs reflects GoMA’s long-standing interest in research and evidence based documentary artworks. The exhibition includes works from the last 100 years and poses questions about the relationship of museums to the histories, identities and politics that they represent. By re-displaying older works alongside more recent pieces the exhibition reactivates truths and fictions still relevant today.

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The resource space and public programme for Polygraphs has been developed in conjunction with graphic designer Neil McGuire and Cyber-Crannog

Note: Abstract was presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015. It marks the first work by Hito Steyerl to enter a public collection in the UK

ARTISTS: Jane Evelyn Atwood, Muirhead Bone, Boyle Family, Gerard Byrne, Graham Fagen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Beth Forde, Alasdair Gray, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hockney, Wyndham Lewis, Peter Kennard, kennardphillips, Barbara Kruger, Scott Myles, Anthony Schrag and Hito Steyerl

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Tag/Nacht, 2009 Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Wolfgang Tillmans, Tag/Nacht, 2009 Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World
Gallery 2
18 February – 7 August 2016

Gallery 2 is currently closed just now for the installation of Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World and will reopen to the public on 18 February. The exhibition is a presentation of works from the Turner Prize winning photographer’s series Neue Welt (New World) which were purchased for Glasgow Museums’ collection under the Art Fund International scheme (2007 -12).

Travelling beyond the artists’ beaten path, Wolfgang Tillmans pictures from New World questions how the world appears when viewed from outside one’s immediate vicinity. After spending the best part of a decade working on studio based abstract works, pictures from New World sees the artist returning to a more documentary style reminiscent of his output throughout nineties, this time however leaving (for the best part) his local haunts of London, Berlin and New York, instead heading to the Far East, Africa and South America.

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