In partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy, the National Galleries of Scotland have recently mounted the largest collections-based exhibition to date, building on the moment in 1910 when the RSA transferred significant works to the National Collection, securing exhibiting rights within what is now called the RSA building.
“Ages of Wonder” is a truly magnificent display of both artistic achievement and Scottish culture and heritage. Opened on November 4 and continuing through January 7, “Ages of Wonder” was organized in partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy, which was established in 1826 and remains Scotland’s longest established artist-run society.
“The story of the collections will be told through work from all disciplines and in a variety of media from marble to film,” the NGS suggests. “Individual gallery rooms will be curated to focus on particular subjects, including the teaching role of the Academy, architecture, 19th-century print and photography collections, artist printmaking, sculpture, portraiture, and the future of collecting. Three galleries will explore changing conventions of exhibiting in the Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods, with a recreated Victorian ‘salon-style’ hang of works exhibited from dado to ceiling.
“Throughout the rest of the exhibition there will be a mix of historic and contemporary works, including work by emerging artists. Contemporary commissions and exhibition events will bring the exhibition right up to the present day. The renowned photographer Calum Colin will be bringing his studio into the gallery to create a brand new work during the exhibition. Award-winning architect Richard Murphy has designed a new ‘Wunderkammer’ to house and display selected exhibition items from the RSA Collection. These new works, in addition to the aforementioned Kenny Hunter sculpture, will be accessioned into the RSA Collection after the exhibition ends.”
To learn more, visit the National Galleries of Scotland.
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