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ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer

  • PriceFree admission
  • Date
  • LocationFirst Floor Gallery
  • Times11am to 5pm. Tuesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays

mac Birmingham is delighted to present ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer, an exhibition showcasing works by this incredibly important political artist.

Jenny Holzer is known internationally as a pioneer of conceptual art, applying text in her work through a range of processes including painting, projection and her iconic LED works.

The exhibition showcases a range of pieces which depict recurring themes of violence, power, war, sex and money. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the towering piece BLUE PURPLE TILT;* consisting of seven double sided vertical LED displays, this work acts almost as a retrospective of Holzer's work as it contains a selection of messages from several of her early text pieces. 

Works from this exhibition are drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art, which is shared with museums and galleries across the UK.

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate and was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008 with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

With thanks to Hauser and Wirth.

*The full text for BLUE PURPLE TILT is available from mac staff within the gallery. Please request  when you visit or email: marcia.springer@macbirmingham.co.uk to request a copy.

Image: Jenny Holzer BLUE PURPLE TILT 2007. ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008 © Jenny Holzer, ARS, NY and DACS, London 2017
Photograph © Tate (Marcus Leith)


YOU MUST DISAGREE WITH AUTHORITY FIGURES - Politics & Protest Artist Lab - Apply Now.

We are looking for 20 artists, writers, creatives, makers and musicians ages 18 - 25 yrs with an interest in politics and protest. You will be part of a weekend long artist lab inspired by ARTIST ROOMS: Jenny Holzer exhibition and given the opportunity to work alongside other artists, take part in creative workshops, communicate the issues you are passionate about and develop new ideas.

This exciting project is happening across the highly political summer of ‘17 and led by arts organisation Ampersand Projects who will capture the opinions, fears and hopes of young people in their own voices. The project will focus on Holzer’s use of text and language, slogans and statements and the themes of protest and action.

Your ideas and words will be part of an artistic disruption to mac’s public spaces with political, and potentially confrontational messages, colour and moving images created by Ampersand Projects in late summer 2017.

To find out more apply here.