press release

venue: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

From Death to Death and Other Small Tales brings together works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, one of the most important private collections of modern and contemporary art, with major works from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This innovative exhibition comprises approximately 130 works and creates a new and dynamic context for both collections.

The exhibition highlights the significance of the body as a theme in 20th and 21st century art practice and enables audiences to view many world-class artworks that have never before been seen in Scotland.

The opportunity to showcase the national collection alongside this world-class collection is a major coup for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. It allows us to show the very best of international contemporary art to the Scottish public whilst continuing our innovative use of the collection to produce a show that is daring, surprising and of international significance.

The D.Daskalopoulos Collection is displayed in pairings or as groups with works from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to draw out commonalities and differences between both collections. Through innovative and often surprising configurations, the exhibition stages confrontations between the past and present, sculpture and painting, expressive and minimal forms, to illuminate the diverse ways in which artists have approached the subject of the body.

Since 1994, the D.Daskalopoulos Collection has developed an extraordinary and rich body of iconic artworks that collectively express a personal vision and sensibility informed by the artistic practice of recent decades. Many of the most significant names in post-war and contemporary art are represented – figures whose output and ideas have shaped the way in which subsequent generations of artists have developed and others continue to emerge. Artists represented within the exhibition include Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Gober, Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and Sarah Lucas.

Please note this exhibition features nudity and imagery of an explicit nature. Rooms with such content are highlighted in the exhibition.