22 April—17 July 2016

Art From Elsewhere

This exhibition has now finished.

Art From Elsewhere is a compelling exhibition of video, installation, photography and painting across two sites in central Bristol – Arnolfini and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Art from Elsewhere gathers 37 artists from 22 countries, whose work addresses life, politics and identity in a globalised society. The exhibition includes some of the most important artists working today, seminal figures in the history of conceptual art, and young artists whose work enters British museums for the first time.

The culmination of a national tour, this specially-conceived and ambitious presentation for Bristol reflects the city’s historic significance as a port, our diverse cultures, and our place within a rapidly-changing world.

Artists exhibited at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery:

Bani Abidi, Ai Weiwei, Yael Bartana, Robert Breer, Nathan Carter, Thomas Demand, Shilpa Gupta, Ola Kolehmainen, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Shahzia Sikander, Nancy Spero, Kara Walker, Yeesookyung.

Artists exhibited at Arnolfini:

Shirin Aliabadi, Carl Andre, Stephen Antonakos, Yto Barrada, Lothar Baumgarten, Paulo Bruscky, Meschac Gaba, Jenny Holzer, Emily Jacir, Jitish Kallat, Amar Kanwar, Imran Qureshi, Rashid Rana, Józef Robakowski, Robert Smithson, Beat Streuli, Akram Zaatari and Horacio Zabala.

Art from Elsewhere was born from a 2007 scheme, Art Fund International, which awarded a total of five million pounds to museums in five regions to develop new collections of international contemporary art. The successful museums were Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with The New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Towner, Eastbourne.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery collaborated with Arnolfini to acquire 41 works of groundbreaking international contemporary art by ten female and nine male artists.

Curated by David Elliott, this Hayward Touring exhibition, supported by the Art Fund, is a selection of work from all five collections.

Art from Elsewhere is accompanied by an extensive programme of tours, talks, performances and family events, offering numerous ways for you to engage with and explore the exhibition.

In response to the exhibition artist Chloe Cooper has produced an audio walk to accompany visitors on their journey between the two sites. The audio is available on our blog.

Gallery tours

Exhibition Tour with Julia Carver
Saturday 16 July, 2pm – 2.45pm
Pay what you think | Drop in
Take a gallery tour with Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Julia Carver. BSL interpreted.


Art From Elsewhere is a Hayward Touring exhibition supported by the Art Fund.

Main image: Mohamed Bourouissa, La Reflet, 2007, Courtesy of kamel mennour, Paris.

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