Missing Iain Hamilton Finlay artwork remade for Glasgow exhibition

GOMA The Three Heads replacement will go on display at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art

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A work by the late Scottish artist Iain Hamilton Finlay has been remade after curators discovered it was missing.

The Three Heads was commissioned by Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art (Goma) for its opening in 1996.

Curators at the museum discovered it was missing, presumed stolen, three years ago. The artist's estate granted permission for it to be remade.

The replacement work is due to go on display for the start of Goma's nine-month exhibition of Finlay's work.

The Three Heads shows the heads of three critics, Waldemar Januszczak, Gwyn Headley and Catherine Millet, who had dismissed Finlay's work.

Robespierre quote

The heads, which were made for Findlay by sculptor Alexander Stoddart, sit in straw baskets alongside a quote from the French revolutionary Robespierre.

The quotation reads: "We want to substitute morality for egotism, duty for etiquette, integrity for insolence, large-mindedness for vanity merit intrigue."

The installation was to be a key exhibit in a new exhibition of Finlay's work at Goma.

When curators discovered it was missing nearly three years ago, they sought, and were granted, permission from Finlay's estate to remake the work.

The replacement work, which is not being made by Alexander Stoddart, is due to be in place for the exhibition opening on Thursday.

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