Gallery 4

Gallery 4

Abstract (2012) Hito Steyerl


17 February – 20 May 2018 | Free | Open during regular hours


Polygraphs is a group exhibition, centred around Abstract by Hito Steyerl, which explores truth, fiction and evidence in a complicated world.  Artists are often witness to a changing global environment and their role within that is to document, ask questions and create layers of meaning to engage audiences with current international discourses.

Polygraphs is drawn from Glasgow Museums’ Collection and includes artists who interrogate dominant historical narratives about our connections to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism. It poses questions about the relationship of museums to the histories, identities and politics that they reflect and by redisplaying older works alongside more recent pieces the exhibition reactivates truths and fictions still relevant today.

The resource space and public programme for Polygraphs has been developed in conjunction with graphic designer Neil McGuire and Cyber-Crannog​


  • Jane Evelyn Atwood
  • Muirhead Bone
  • Boyle Family
  • Gerard Byrne
  • Graham Fagen
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay
  • Beth Forde
  • Alasdair Gray
  • David Hockney
  • Peter Kennard
  • kennardphillipps
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Percy Wyndham Lewis
  • Scott Myles
  • Anthony Schrag
  • Hito Steyerl

Note: Abstract was presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015. It marks the first work by Hito Steyerl to enter a public collection in the UK.


Image Credit:

Hito Steyerl

Abstract, 2012

Two channel HD video with sound​

7 minutes, 30 seconds

Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl

Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

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