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Warhol does Beuys

Plans have been announced for the eighth year of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour...

Autumn 2016 marks the start of a new programme of exhibitions that will run until spring 2019, developed in collaboration with over thirty museum and gallery partners, giving audiences around the UK the opportunity to see some of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries in their home towns.

As Hull approaches its 2017 year as UK City of Culture, lead Associate partner Ferens Art Gallery will present an exhibition of work by Ron Mueck in their newly refurbished building. Developed with Future Ferens, the gallery’s 18-25 year old volunteers who shaped the venue’s three previous highly engaging ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions, the chance to experience Mueck’s work in Hull will be a highlight of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

2017 will be a stand-out year for artists of the 20th century, shown in venues large and small, the length and breadth of the UK. The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester - a new ARTIST ROOMS partner, will present a major exhibition of Andy Warhol. Audiences in the West of Scotland will also see the work of this American icon at Dunoon Burgh Hall, when the listed Victorian building reopens in spring 2017 as a cultural hub for the community, marking the fifth anniversary of their first ARTIST ROOMS collaboration, a highly successful exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Home to one of the most important Pop Art collections in the UK, Wolverhampton Art Gallery will show works by Roy Lichtenstein, a first opportunity for visitors to see this new ARTIST ROOMS collection on long loan from The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation since the exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in 2015, shown to great critical and popular acclaim. Leeds Art Gallery will reopen their building in 2017 with a major exhibition of work by Joseph Beuys, while the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton will present a significant show of Gerhard Richter in its new city centre gallery.

The total number of artists in the collection now numbers 40, as Phyllida Barlow’s work entered the collection earlier this year with the sculpture, untitled: upturnedhouse, 2, currently on show at Tate Modern. The artist will represent Great Britain at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

In addition to Dunoon, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Southampton and Wolverhampton, the 2017 ARTIST ROOMS programme of exhibitions will be seen in Birmingham, Derby, Dumfries, Liverpool, Perth, Preston and Thurso, alongside new exhibitions in London and Edinburgh. Since ARTIST ROOMS On Tour began in 2009, its exhibitions have attracted over 40 million visitors across the UK, with 147 displays and exhibitions at 77 museums and galleries, from Penzance to the Hebrides, from Kilmarnock to Hull, from Belfast to Llandudno.

The new programme of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership between National Galleries of Scotland, Tate and Ferens Art Gallery, and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Thanks to this support and alongside ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions taking place around the UK, a wider network of Associate museums and galleries will also be invited to take part in a professional development programme for organisations and their staff. Through skill-sharing workshops, training bursaries, mentoring and peer learning, the programme will help build relationships between venues, create a strong touring network and support better access and learning opportunities for audiences.

Leichtenstein

The ARTIST ROOMS On Tour programme from autumn 2016 -17 is as follows:

Wolverhampton Art Gallery
22 October 2016 - 26 February 2017
ROY LICHTENSTEIN

The Whitworth, Manchester
19 November 2016 – 16 April 2017
ANDY WARHOL

Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston
27 January 2017 – 3 June 2017
MARTIN CREED

Caithness Horizons Museum, Thurso
10 March - 4 June 2017
JOHAN GRIMONPREZ

Dunoon Burgh Hall
26 March - 17 June 2017
ANDY WARHOL

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
22 April - 13 August 2017
RON MUECK

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
29 April 2017 – 29 April 2018
ED RUSCHA

mac Birmingham
27 May - 10 September 2017
JENNY HOLZER

Perth Museum and Art Gallery
12 August – 5 November 2017
Artist to be announced

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
26 August - 19 November 2017
DON MCCULLIN

Tate Liverpool
22 September 2017 – 10 June 2018
ROY LICHTENSTEIN

Leeds Art Gallery
6 October 2017 - 21 January 2018
JOSEPH BEUYS

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
11 November 2017 – 3 February 2018
GERHARD RICHTER

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
2 December 2017 - 4 March 2018
RICHARD LONG

Images - Roy Lichtenstein, Crak!, 1964, DACS © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2004
Andy Warhol Portrait of Joseph Beuys 1980 © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2015