Edinburgh Art Festival, the only major annual event dedicated to the visual arts within the UK, has revealed the first details of its 15th edition, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art.
This year, the partner programme will present over 36 exhibitions across more than 25 venues, combining ambitious presentations of Scottish and international contemporary art with landmark art historical survey shows and newly commissioned work across the capital’s leading galleries and museums.
It will feature major presentations by esteemed contemporary artists such as Tacita Dean, Jenny Saville, Joana Vasconcelos, Lucy Skaer and Victoria Crowe. Landmark surveys of major figures in the history of art will include the largest display of work by Canaletto ever to be shown in Scotland, an exploration of the extraordinary impact of Rembrandt’s work in Britain, only to be seen in Edinburgh, and a retrospective of the great German Expressionist painter, Emil Nolde.
2018’s Festival will also offer the opportunity to see newly commissioned work by rising stars of contemporary sculpture as well as leading established artists, including Phyllida Barlow, one of the most lauded British sculptors working today. Group exhibitions across the Festival will feature some of the most respected Scottish and international contemporary artists, with themes of the natural world, our metaphysical relationship to space, landscape and environment, and the deep-seated affective power of place and belonging recurring throughout.