Ed Atkins

10 March 2015
Ed Atkins, The Trick Brain, 2013, Single channel HD projection with 5.1 Surround Sound, 16 minutes 15 seconds, Edition of 6 + 2AP © the artist, image courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Purchased through the Contemporary Art Society Acquisition Scheme for The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. The gallery is home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, which house work from the beginning of the twentieth century including superb holdings of expressionist and modern British and Scottish art, an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish Art. The gallery’s Surrealist collection is one of the largest anywhere in the world. As well as containing dozens of major paintings and sculptures, it also includes a substantial number of prints, archival material, periodicals, books, letters and other important publications many of which are housed in the gallery’s dedicated Keiller Library.

Ed Atkins (b.1982) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MA in 2009. Atkins has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. He was the 2012 recipient of the Jerwood / Film and Video Umbrella Award and was nominated for the 2013 Jarman Award.

Atkins’ 2013 film The Trick Brain features footage from the DVD that accompanied the infamous auction for the André Breton estate sale in 2003 from which The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art bought a number of items. The film meditates on the immediate effects of the sale and distribution of Breton’s collection and its wider implications for historical artefacts. The acquisition of The Trick Brain allows the Contemporary Art Society to continue to present the best of contemporary British art and also to navigate and reinvigorate collections which are intrinsic to our work.

The Trick Brain, 2013 was on display at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh until 4 May 2014 in the exhibition New Acquisitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

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