News and Exhibition Blog

‘The Real Face of Burns‘

wire-mesh-portrait-2015-Robert-Burns-Begbie-shadow-webwire-mesh-portrait-poet-BURNS-2015-David-Begbie-950web
The-Real-Face-Of-Burns-catalogue-image-web
21 Feb – 14 Jun 2015
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Ayr, Scotland

ARTRUIST in Edinburgh announces a new exhibition and I am happy to take part with sculpture BURNS, my portrait of the poet:

David-Begbie-BURNS-portrait-steel
”Next February, in the wake of Hogmanay and a month of Burns suppers, when there is such a strong emphasis on tradition and the poetry of Burns, we aim to shift the focus. From February to June 2015, we will show an exhibition which explores his appearance. We all think we know what he looked like, primarily because of the ubiquitous Nasmyth portrait – and even the derivative Archibald Skirving portrait which was drawn well after Burns died. Less well publicised is the fact that Robert Burns himself believed that a miniature executed by Alexander Reid, an unknown local artist, offered the best likeness. We are very fortunate that, courtesy of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where it is normally to be found, this work will be on display at the Museum for the duration of the exhibition. Also included in the show will be a life sized model of Burns’s head, reconstructed by forensic scientists from the University of Dundee.”

Other confirmed artists are: Alison Buckle, Calum Colvin, Rosie Dahlstrom, Graham Fagen, Nina Fowler, Tom Gallant, Shannon Laing, The Little Artists, David Mach, Harland Miller, Paul Morrison, Alexander Newley, Deirdre Nicholls, Mark Powell, Adrian Wiszniewski.

More info Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Press Release, Media Release and an invitation/catalogue.
PS: Robert Burns Night 2015: 25 January 2015.


David Begbie Sculpture “wins” Loan Auction

David-Begbie_Amalgamates-2002
David Begbie Sculpture “wins” Loan Auction Museum Beelden Aan Zee

The Loan Auction of Museum Beelden Aan Zee 2013 was a success: A total of 40.000 Euros and the highest bit 3,500.00 Euros - for “AMALGAMATES”, a sculpture of David Begbie from 2002.
The highest bidder receives “the possession” of the artwork for one year - from the collection to his home. Winner are both the highest bidder and the supported museum.
More than 100 visitors and companies placed their bids at the second “loan auction” Museum for 21 works by renowned artists such as Fernando Botero, Gerhard Marcks, Niki de Saint Phalle, Man Ray and Auke de Vries. The loan auction was made possible by auction house Christie's, Van Wichers Buttingha Notaries from The Hague, Rabobank Den Haag eo and the Sculpture Club.

Read the Press Releases: united-kingdom netherlands See More...