What’s on at Edinburgh Art Festival

What’s on at Edinburgh Art Festival

Set up in 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival was conceived as Scotland’s biggest arts and culture festival, with an assorted programme of theatre, opera, music, visual and performance art. From that was born the Edinburgh Fringe, now the biggest and most exciting performance festival in the world – and, more recently, the Edinburgh Art Festival, specifically dedicated to visual arts.

This year’s Art Festival (1 August-1 September 2013) has a diverse line-up of events with exhibitions on subjects ranging from the monarchy to fashion photography, along with installation art and live performances.

Man Ray’s Portraits is a collection of photographs taken between 1916 and 1968 in Paris and America. His subjects include his muse Lee Miller, fellow Surrealist artists Picasso and Dali, and Ernest Hemingway.

Meanwhile, tales of murder, conspiracy and forced abdication are told through jewels, letters and portraits of Mary, who in 1542, at the age of six, became Queen of Scots and 44 years later died at the hands of Queen Elizabeth I.

The archives of Conde Nast Publications – the publisher of Vogue, Glamour and Conde Nast Traveller – have been opened especially for Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Conde Nast. On show will be prints by influential photographers such as Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, David Bailey and Mario Testino.

For the festival, Robert Montgomery, whose solar-powered poems appear on billboards, is creating an installation inspired by Edinburgh. Throughout the month there will also be film screenings, discussions led by artists and curators, as well as Art Late, a series of late-night openings with live music.

Edinburgh Art Festival runs 1 August-1 September 2013 at various locations. For more information visit www.edinburghartfestival.com

Photo by Constantin Joffe, American Vogue, September 1945 © 1945 Conde Nast

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