★★★★★ “One of the UK's greatest living painters”
This extensive exhibition, which takes over both floors of the Royal Scottish Academy, is the first museum survey of Bridget Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, and the largest exhibition of her work to be shown in Scotland. Spanning over 70 years of work, it focuses on the origins of Riley’s practice and traces pivotal moments across her acclaimed career. It features very early paintings and drawings, many of which are being exhibited for the first time, iconic black-and-white paintings of the 1960s, Riley’s expansive explorations into colour, wall paintings and works made this year, as well as studies that reveal Riley’s working methods.
★★★★ “Britain’s greatest abstract painter – some might say our greatest living artist period”
Internationally-acclaimed artist Bridget Riley creates dazzling and compelling abstract paintings which explore the fundamental nature of perception. Through her observations of the natural world, her experience of looking at the work of other artists, and through her own experimentation, Riley has made a deep, personal investigation of the act of painting, and of how we see. She is one of the most distinguished and world-renowned artists working today.
The exhibition is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland in close collaboration with the artist, and is presented in partnership with Hayward Gallery, London, where it will be on show from 23 October 2019 until 26 January 2020.
Image: Bridget Riley, High Sky (detail), 1991 © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved.
Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.
Find out more
Five things you need to know about Bridget Riley
"I came out thinking of the world differently. And that's what I want from art"
Louise Welsh, Saturday Review, Radio 4 (starts at 34m 40s)
We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.
Bridget Riley: Nocturne Exhibition Tours
Thursdays from 25 Jul - 29 Aug and on 19 Sep
+1 other sessions
Twists and Curves, Zigs and Zags
Sat 7 and Sun 8 Sep 2019
10:30am - 4pm
+1 other sessions
Bridget Riley: Writing the Body - Live Performance
Wed 18 Sep 2019
7 - 8pm
Ticket prices vary
|Type of ticket||Monday-Friday (excluding August)||Saturday-Sunday (excluding August)||August
|25 and under||£8.50||£9.50||£10.00|
|Chidren 12 & under||free||free||free|
|Visitors aged 60+||£11.00||£12.00||£13.00|
|Visitors with disabilities||£11.00||£12.00||£13.00|
|Carer of visitors with disabilities||free||free||free|
|Art Fund (full price)||£6.50||£7.00||£7.50|
|Art Fund (concession)||£5.50||£6.00||£6.50|
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