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2011 in Manchester museums and galleries

Catherine May looks ahead to Anish Kapoor and other shows

Published on December 16th 2010.


2011 in Manchester museums and galleries

2011 looks set to be a busy year for Manchester museums and galleries. With Cornerhouse’s proposed move already getting everyone talking, visiting exhibitions across the city are all vying for the public’s attention. And with Turner Prize-winners, defining photographers and animal installations all arriving on our creative scene there’s plenty for choice for visitors.

Manchester Art Gallery will be displaying sensual and beguiling sculptures from pigment, stone, polished stainless steel and wax created by Anish Kapoor. It’s Kapoor’s first major show outside of London in over a decade and Manchester will exhibit the collection before it tours nationally.

Two Turner Prize-winners will have exhibitions at the Manchester Art Gallery. ‘Grayson Perry: Visual Dialogues’ will be installed for a year from 1 February and will include the pieces ‘Jane Austen in E17’ and ‘Print for a Politician’. From 5 March – 5 June, the gallery will be displaying sensual and beguiling sculptures from pigment, stone, polished stainless steel and wax created by Anish Kapoor. It’s Kapoor’s first major show outside of London in over a decade and Manchester will exhibit the collection before it tours nationally.

After the £9m redevelopment at MOSI, the warehouse will host a commemorative exhibition of abstract images created by the unique drawing machines of Desmond Paul Henry from 7 February – 7 May. The machines were created from bomb targeting computers in the Second World War and Henry is be considered to one of the first British pioneers of digital art. The mechanical theme will be running throughout 2011 as MOSI is hosting a Year of Computing.

The Birth of British Rock is to be showcased at The Lowry with a collection of photographers from one of the leading show-business photographers of the post war years: Harry Hammond. Hammond’s images of Cliff Richard and Billy Fury are regarded as definitive images of classic British rock’n’roll and they’ll be on display from 15 January – 10 April. Displaying a different side of the creative arts, ‘Invitation to the Ballet: Ninette de Valois and the story of The Royal Ballet’ will run until 6 March as the result of a collaboration with the Royal Opera House.

Ahead of its move to a new £19m home in the city centre, Cornerhouse has secured many new exhibitions for 2011. Starting on 29 January, ‘The People You’re Not’ is a satirical trip through the private and public faces of fame. New video work by Carey Young will be on show from 5 February – 20 March. March will play host to a solo show by Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz whilst from 8 April – 5 June ‘New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK’ will bring together recent work from emerging and established French, Algerian and British artists.

The highlight at the Manchester Museum looks set to be the arrival of the new ‘Living Planet’ gallery in April. The gallery will feature favourites from the old Animal Life gallery such as the Polar Bear and Sperm Whale but new additions will include the rare Tigon (a tiger-lion hybrid) that previously lived in a local zoo. Exploring 3000 years of Chinese history and culture, ‘China: Journey to the East’ will continue to run at the museum until 26 June.

A darker exhibition will take place at the People’s History Museum where ‘Death and the Working Class’ will run until 2 May, exhibiting the changes in perceptions of death and funeral customs over the last two centuries.

The Whitworth Art Gallery will be bringing together dance, sound, sculpture, film and poetry in ‘ROTOR by Siobhan Davies Dance’. Eight artists, including the Turner-prize nominated Angela de la Cruz, have created work connected to Siobhan Davies’ choreographed performance. ROTOR will be at the gallery from 28 January – 6 February. The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of American artist Mary Kelly’s work ever presented internationally will be installed at the Whitworth from 19 February – 12 June and will combine four decades of art practice for visitors.

Two exhibits focusing on different conflicts will be on show at Imperial War Museum North. An exhibition of photographs by war artist John Keane will mark the 20th anniversary of the conflict in The Gulf and will run until 27 February. A new commission, titled ‘The crusader’ is a piece by Gerry Judah has been created as a response to contemporary global conflict. At seven metres high, this striking, snow-white structure is covered with a web of war torn buildings and will be on show until November.

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Ed DiscourseJanuary 20th 2011.

Isn't a "world class" football musuem meant to be opening this year? . . .

scott neilAugust 23rd 2011.

does anyone know owt about whether Frank Cohen's long-mooted plan to open a (poss Spinningfields)-based gaff for his collection is now completely dead in the water? i recall Jonathan S mentioning - some time ago - Cohen and the council couldn't agree on it. was just discussing this with some mates this morning. cheers anyone!

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