Exhibition to showcase 25 years of modern art in Scotland

David Shrigley - I'm Dead Work by artists including David Shrigley will be shown as part of the exhibition

A nationwide exhibition celebrating the best art to have emerged from Scotland during the past 25 years is to be held.

GENERATION will see new and existing works shown at more than 50 venues across the country, from June to October next year.

It will feature well-known artists including David Shrigley, Ross Sinclair and Lorna MacIntyre.

Organisers said the programme aims to make contemporary art more accessible and relevant.

It is a collaboration between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, supported by Creative Scotland.

It will include major exhibitions of work at all of the National Galleries sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow Life-run venues the Tramway and the Gallery of Modern Art

An Associates programme will also see work shown in other venues, from Orkney to the Western Isles to the Borders.

Ben Thomson, chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, said: "Scotland has produced some great internationally acclaimed contemporary art, not only from Scottish artists but also from artists working and training here from all over the world.

"GENERATION is a celebration of this Scottish success story where some of our best art over the last 25 years will be displayed in some 50 galleries across the nation during the summer of 2014.

Real Life Rocky Mountain 1996 - Ross Sinclair Ross Sinclair's works will also form part of the exhibition

"It will enable visitors to enjoy for free this generation of artists in depth at a time when there will be considerable international focus on Scotland."

Iain Munro, acting chief executive at Creative Scotland, said: "If you think contemporary art is not for you, I'd urge you to give GENERATION a try.

"It's home-grown work which is admired and enjoyed across the world."

The programme will coincide with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2014.

Full details of the programme and featured artists will be announced this autumn.

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