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Best exhibition this year goes free

Angels of Anarchy: free for a day, Saturday 19 December

Published on December 17th 2009.


Best exhibition this year goes free

Manchester Art Gallery’s latest exhibition Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism has been one of the cultural highlights in the city this year.

But also included here are works from the astonishing Leonora Carrington as well as Dora Maar, Claude Cahun and Ithell Colquhon. There are paintings, photos, sculpture and other objets. You can get lost in one of the Carrington works and never come back.

Confidential's editor hangs his head in shame because he was supposed to review it ages ago. He claims the show was so overwhelming that he never got round to it – just didn't know where to start with the magnificence of the thing. Still if there is one art show you go to this Christmas anywhere in the country, then make it this one. Magical, disturbing, beautiful.

Angels of Anarchy, which continues until 10 January, is going free of charge this Saturday. Forget the £6 or £4 fee, you can get up close to 150 powerful, glorious and shocking artworks (wow, those Penny Slinger photos) by 32 women artists from round the world, including big names such as Frida Kahlo and Lee Miller.

But also included here are works from the astonishing Leonora Carrington as well as Dora Maar, Claude Cahun and Ithell Colquhon. There are paintings, photos, sculpture and other objets. You can get lost in one of the Carrington works and never come back. In fact there's so much content and it's so well presented that you can easily lose an afternoon in the Gallery. The works speak of the individuality of the vision of the women and their relationship with their menfolk and with the world at large. The exhibition is a stunner.

There is no need to book on Saturday but the Gallery expects queues so arrive early if possible. Last entrance will be at 4pm.

If you can't make it then tickets cost £6 (£4 concessions, free entry for under 18s). The Gallery is open, Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am – 5pm.

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CBDecember 17th 2009.

Leonora Carrington - the 'first woman of surriealism' and who is from Chorley just over the Gtr Manchester border in Lancashire.

NetDecember 17th 2009.

I agree. It's stunning and very informative without being stuffy. I'll be whizzing along for another glimpse during my lunch break tomorrow!

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