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Theatre is Life as Spectacle: Art Party

Fri 21 Sep, 7–10pm. Free. Bar open. Book via Eventbrite
Explore the gallery after hours in an evening of music, performance and expanded cinema responding to Tacita Dean’s work and practice. Curated by Fresh Fruit, in collaboration with artist Lydia Beilby of Screen Bandita.

Fresh Fruit is a programme for young people aged 16–25 to work together and with artists to explore new ideas and make and share art. Using our exhibitions as a starting point, you’ll be supported to shape the direction and content of projects. Sessions are social, informal and free. Follow Fresh Fruit on Facebook @FreshFruit1625

Supported by The Hunter Foundation: 100 Disrupters.

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In the Frame: Descriptive Tour

Sat 15 Sep, 12-2pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite
Artist Juliana Capes will take you through detailed descriptions of Dean’s art and practice, with lunch and refreshments. We particularly welcome people with visual impairments, hearing loss and disabilities.

In the Frame: Descriptive Tour is supported by The RS MacDonald Charitable Trust.

About the exhibition 

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most respected and successful international artists. This year has been a busy one for her, with exhibitions at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery focusing on the genres of landscape, portraiture and still life. Taking theatre and performance as its theme, our exhibition complements these showings, and is presented in the context of the Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s pre-eminent celebration of the performing arts.

The exhibition is built around Dean’s film Event for a Stage (2015), in which actor Stephen Dillane delivers a virtuoso solo performance: it is a performance about performing, given by an actor playing the part of an actor. As the film moves swiftly backwards and forwards between ‘reality’ and ‘illusion’, the audience never quite knows how much of what we are seeing to believe – much of the script concerns the role of text, actor and audience in creating and preserving the ‘magic of suspended disbelief that is the theatre’.

Event for a Stage is joined in the exhibition by a selection of works brought together for the first time that focus on ideas related to acting and the theatre, including her recent film miniature His Picture in Little of three actors who all played Hamlet on the London stage and her early installation Foley Artist that uses the fiction of sound in cinema to portray the actions of a theatre usherette. The exhibition also includes a blackboard drawing and photogravures that together examine performance and its relationship to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience. Turning truth into fiction and unspooling the threads of narrative even as they seem to be weaving them into a convincing tale, these beguiling, entrancing works offer another window into the imagination of this most complex of artists.

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Discussion Group: Time

Wed 22 Aug, 5–6pm. Free. 10 places. Book via Eventbrite

Join the Fruitmarket’s Research and Interpretation Curator Ruth Bretherick to discuss time in the context of Tacita Dean’s work. There will be a small amount of reading to do in advance, provided when you book.

About the exhibition

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most respected and successful international artists. This year has been a busy one for her, with exhibitions at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery focusing on the genres of landscape,portraiture and still life. Taking theatre and performance as its theme, our exhibition complements these showings, and is presented in the context of the Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s pre-eminent celebration of the performing arts.

The exhibition is built around Dean’s film Event for a Stage (2015), in which actor Stephen Dillane delivers a virtuoso solo performance: it is a performance about performing, given by an actor playing the part of an actor. As the film moves swiftly backwards and forwards between ‘reality’ and ‘illusion’, the audience never quite knows how much of what we are seeing to believe – much of the script concerns the role of text, actor and audience in creating and preserving the ‘magic of suspended disbelief that is the theatre’.

Event for a Stage is joined in the exhibition by a selection of works brought together for the first time that focus on ideas related to acting and the theatre, including her recent film miniature His Picture in Little of three actors who all played Hamlet on the London stage and her early installation Foley Artist that uses the fiction of sound in cinema to portray the actions of a theatre usherette. The exhibition also includes a blackboard drawing and photogravures that together examine performance and its relationship to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience. Turning truth into fiction and unspooling the threads of narrative even as they seem to be weaving them into a convincing tale, these beguiling, entrancing works offer another window into the imagination of this most complex of artists.

 

Image: Tacita Dean, A Muse, 2017. 35mm colour anamorphic film, optical sound, reduced to spherical 16mm for exhibition, 2 1/2 minutes. Film still Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris

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Young Creatives: Workshops for 12–15 year olds

Sun 12 Aug, 4–6pm. 12 places for 12–15 year olds. Free. To book email bookshop@fruitmarket.co.uk or call 0131 226 8181.

Explore the exhibition using a variety of materials, techniques and discussion activities, led and supported by trained Fresh Fruit Leaders and artist Louise Fraser. Each workshop is unique and will include drawing, film and sound.

About the exhibition

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most respected and successful international artists. This year has been a busy one for her, with exhibitions at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery focusing on the genres of landscape,portraiture and still life. Taking theatre and performance as its theme, our exhibition complements these showings, and is presented in the context of the Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s pre-eminent celebration of the performing arts.

The exhibition is built around Dean’s film Event for a Stage (2015), in which actor Stephen Dillane delivers a virtuoso solo performance: it is a performance about performing, given by an actor playing the part of an actor. As the film moves swiftly backwards and forwards between ‘reality’ and ‘illusion’, the audience never quite knows how much of what we are seeing to believe – much of the script concerns the role of text, actor and audience in creating and preserving the ‘magic of suspended disbelief that is the theatre’.

Event for a Stage is joined in the exhibition by a selection of works brought together for the first time that focus on ideas related to acting and the theatre, including her recent film miniature His Picture in Little of three actors who all played Hamlet on the London stage and her early installation Foley Artist that uses the fiction of sound in cinema to portray the actions of a theatre usherette. The exhibition also includes a blackboard drawing and photogravures that together examine performance and its relationship to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience. Turning truth into fiction and unspooling the threads of narrative even as they seem to be weaving them into a convincing tale, these beguiling, entrancing works offer another window into the imagination of this most complex of artists.

Photo: Sally Jubb Photography

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Artist’s Talk: Tacita Dean

Fri 6 Jul, 5–6pm. Free. Book via Eventbrite

On the evening of her exhibition Woman with a Red Hat opening at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Tacita Dean RA will be in conversation with our Director Fiona Bradley about the exhibition, introduced by Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts. This event, with Art Fund support, forms part of RA250 UK: exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts.

About the exhibition 

Tacita Dean is one of Britain’s most respected and successful international artists. This year has been a busy one for her, with exhibitions at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery focusing on the genres of landscape,portraiture and still life. Taking theatre and performance as its theme, our exhibition complements these showings, and is presented in the context of the Edinburgh International Festival, the world’s pre-eminent celebration of the performing arts.

The exhibition is built around Dean’s film Event for a Stage (2015), in which actor Stephen Dillane delivers a virtuoso solo performance: it is a performance about performing, given by an actor playing the part of an actor. As the film moves swiftly backwards and forwards between ‘reality’ and ‘illusion’, the audience never quite knows how much of what we are seeing to believe – much of the script concerns the role of text, actor and audience in creating and preserving the ‘magic of suspended disbelief that is the theatre’.

Event for a Stage is joined in the exhibition by a selection of works brought together for the first time that focus on ideas related to acting and the theatre, including her recent film miniature His Picture in Little of three actors who all played Hamlet on the London stage and her early installation Foley Artist that uses the fiction of sound in cinema to portray the actions of a theatre usherette. The exhibition also includes a blackboard drawing and photogravures that together examine performance and its relationship to fiction, the imagination and the collective effort of artist and audience. Turning truth into fiction and unspooling the threads of narrative even as they seem to be weaving them into a convincing tale, these beguiling, entrancing works offer another window into the imagination of this most complex of artists.

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