During the 2021 Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) Edinburgh College Art's Dr Christian Weikop - Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary German Art - joined a panel exploring the legacy of the landmark 1970s exhibition 'Strategy: Get Arts' and marking the publication of a new book about the exhibition.

More than 300 writers, artists and thinkers from around the world came together both virtually and in-person this August to share their stories at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), the new home of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF).

As part of the EIBF, Edinburgh College of Art held the panel event Can Artists Still Break the Rules? Revisiting Strategy: Get Arts held in ECA's Sculpture Court under its temporary guise of 'The New York Times Theater'.

The panel discussed the enduring significance of the landmark exhibition, titled Strategy: Get Arts – the first major exhibition of contemporary German art to be held in Britain since 1938. Edinburgh arts patron and ECA alumnus Richard Demarco, working with the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, pulled off a major coup by bringing the work of Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and other seminal artists from post-war Germany to Edinburgh College of Art.

The panel also marked the launch of a new publication Strategy: Get Arts. 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules by Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary German Art, Dr Christian Weikop. Dr Weikop was joined on the panel by artist and Chair of Studies in Photography, Alexander Hamilton, a former ECA student and Demarco Gallery assistant in 1970 and Fiona Bradley, Director of the Fruitmarket Gallery and Honorary Fellow in History of Art, who chaired the session.

You can re-watch Can Artists Still Break the Rules? Revisiting Strategy: Get Arts at anytime on the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.

Strategy: Get Arts. 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules by Dr Christian Weikop
Edinburgh University Press, 2021
'Strategy: Get Arts. 35 Artists Who Broke the Rules' by Dr Christian Weikop


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