MACH2: David and Robert Mach’s first joint exhibition

'The Easy Tiger'_ David and Robert Mach_MACH2_exhibition_Stirling_Smith_Museum_Jan_2024 (4) CREDIT Juliette Lichman

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum heralds their 150th anniversary year with a joint exhibition from brothers David and Robert Mach.

MACH2 brings together both artists’ colourful and thought-provoking artwork for their first collaborative exhibition. Heavily influenced by the pop art movement, the Mach brothers are attracted to everyday objects as both subject and artistic medium.

David has created a large and diverse body of artworks using regular colour-headed dressmaking pins. Sculptures, vases, and portraits appear in a multiplicity of colours and finishes, with works ranging from the small and simple, made using a few hundred pins, to the large and complex, constructed from many thousands. These works have featured in exhibitions around the world, including London, New York and Hong Kong, and now for the first time, they are to be shown in Scotland.

Previously, these pin creations have appeared alongside a broader selection of David’s artwork, but this is the first time they have come together to form a complete body of work.

David commented, “I’m absolutely delighted to have the chance to show the different pin works together and especially to have the opportunity to bring them to Scotland and The Smith”.

'L'Homme'_David Mach_'Little Boy'_Mach Brothers_MACH2_exhibition_Stirling_Smith_Museum_Jan_2024 CREDIT Juliette Lichman
Credit Juliette Lichman

For this exhibition, Robert has created a series of new works with his signature use of foil sweet wrappers, often referencing icons from art history. Although he has been working with foil wrappers for many years, Robert has been developing a more diverse, deeper relationship with his materials and looks forward to sharing his most recent work at MACH2.

“The Smith welcomes broad exploration,” said Robert “and my intention is to make the best use of the freedom the gallery encourages.”

'The Easy Tiger'_ David and Robert Mach_MACH2_exhibition_Stirling_Smith_Museum_Jan_2024 (4) CREDIT Juliette Lichman
Credit Juliette Lichman

When is MACH2 on?

24 January – 7 April 2024

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm, free entry


The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum
40 Albert Place, Stirling FK8 2RQ



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