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Past exhibition

Rachel Maclean:

The Lion and The Unicorn

29 November 2018 – 3 February 2019

Admission free

Location: Sunley Room

A contemporary exploration of national identity.

Coinciding with the exhibition Landseer’s The Monarch of the Glen, this display of Scottish artist Rachel Maclean’s 2012 film ‘The Lion and The Unicorn’ shines an irreverent light on Scottish-English relationships.

One of the most sharply satirical artists in Britain today, Maclean’s (born 1987) caustic and darkly comical films look at how we shape collective and individual identities. Her distinctive style combines gaudy masks, grotesque prostheses, and elaborate scenography.

A counterpoint to Landseer’s iconic image, ‘Rachel Maclean: The Lion and The Unicorn’ reflects Maclean’s engagement with issues of national identity.

Rachel Maclean, 'The Queen', 2013. Commissioned and published by Edinburgh Printmakers © Rachel Maclean

Exhibition supported by

Hiscox: Contemporary Art Partner of the National Gallery


The Rootstein Hopkins Foundation


The Sunley exhibition programme is supported by The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation


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