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Flesh Arranges Itself Differently is an exploration of the varied ways in which artists have evoked bodily experiences, often in response to the impacts of technology, spirituality or mortality.

The exhibition is a unique collaboration between The Hunterian, University of Glasgow and the David and Indrė Roberts Collection. Co-curated by the Roberts Institute of Art and The Hunterian, artists featured from both collections are:

Rita Ackermann | Horst Ademeit | Michael Armitage | Huma Bhabha | Christine Borland | Miriam Cahn | Michael Dean | Jimmie Durham | Ayan Farah | Ilana Halperin | Tamara Henderson | Loie Hollowell | Yayoi Kusama | Liliane Lijn | Eduardo Paolozzi | Robert Rauschenberg | Michael E Smith | Danh Võ

Selected by splicing two very different collections together, the works included here range from early anatomical studies to contemporary works in painting, print, sculpture, photography and video by leading international artists. The contemporary works often translate corporeal experiences through sculpture and figurative imagery, but also include more abstract pieces that allude to spiritual beliefs and psychological experiences.

Throughout the exhibition, we encounter bodies and artworks themselves as exposed to the interventions of external forces. Flesh Arranges Itself Differently explores new perspectives on these forces and the ways we have developed understandings of our bodies, whether in relation to their materiality, their transformation in modernity, or through otherworldly experiences.


The Roberts Institute of Art


‌‌Hunterian Art Gallery
82 Hillhead Street
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland


Illustration: Michael Armitage ‘Sun Wukong in Gachie, 2015, courtesy the David and Indre Roberts Collection @Michael Armitage, photo Steven White

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