Jimmy Robert, Untitled, Belladonna, 2015.

Jimmy Robert
Tobacco Flower

11 June - 5 September 2021
Hunterian Art Gallery
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Tobacco Flower is a major installation of new work by artist Jimmy Robert, which focuses in particular on relationships between Europe and the Caribbean. At a time in which Britain’s relationship with Europe is highly uncertain and its historical culpability as a colonial power is keenly debated, this subject matter is both urgent and contentious.

Taking tobacco flower textile designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh as a key point of departure, Robert explores multiple traces left by Glasgow's role within colonialism.

Working across several mediums, including film, photography and sound, Robert engages directly with The Hunterian and its historical collections in order to examine the cultural framing of identities and desires. Robert handles such contested material through subtle means and with careful attention to difference and specificity. The work is as concerned with intimate experience as it is with political contexts.

Supported by Glasgow International and Goethe-Institut.

Image: Jimmy Robert, Untitled (belladonna), 2007. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin. 


  • Jimmy Robert: Tobacco Flower is at the Hunterian Art Gallery from 11 June–5 September 2021.
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 11am–4pm. Closed Monday.
  • Admission is included in our Hunterian Art Gallery General Admission ticket.

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