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Exhibitions Highlights 2013 -2014: Manchester Art Gallery

Listings for Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume

Published on May 3rd 2013.

Exhibitions Highlights 2013 -2014: Manchester Art Gallery

Raqib Shaw 
15 February 2013 – 26 May 2013  
Manchester Art Gallery presents the largest solo exhibition to date by Raqib Shaw. The exhibition features 28 recent (and many previously unseen) works by the artist including large scale paintings, sculptures and works on paper, drawn together from private collections around the world. Shaw is an Indian-born British artist whose gloriously opulent paintings and sculptures evoke Old Masters such as Holbein and Bosch, the lavish world of Persian miniatures and Kashmiri and Japanese textiles. Beneath their exquisite jewel-like surface, you’ll find a collection of dark and violent images inspired by ancient myths and religious tales from both East and Western traditions. The main image above is also from Raqib Shaw.

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Karl Fritsch Jewellery 
15 February 2013 – 23 June 2013 
German jeweller Karl Fritsch is a jewellery icon and the maker of some of the most covetable rings in the world.  Now based in New Zealand, Fritsch uses ancient materials including gold, silver and gemstones in a completely new and contemporary way.  His work blurs any traditional distinctions between art and craft as he plays with unexpected subjects, found objects and matters of scale. This will be Fritsch’s first solo exhibition in the UK.  Works by Karl Fritsch have been acquired by international institutions including: the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the V & A, London. 

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Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting 
16 March 2013 – 2014 
This new display explores the pioneering role that painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney played in the reinvention of figurative art in the second half of the 20th century. Radical Figures features works from the collection of Manchester Art Gallery together with key loans from the Arts Council Collection and the Whitworth Art Gallery. 
An Arts Council Collection Partnership supported by Christie’s. 

British Art between the Wars 
27 April - 13 October 2013 
World War I brought about a significant reaction against innovation and created a late flowering of representational art in Britain.  However, it was against this background of a still vigorous narrative tradition in British Art that the more radical artistic styles would eventually emerge. This exhibition brings together painting, sculpture, prints, book illustration, industrial design and studio pottery from the inter war years in Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery’s public collections to explore this particular period of British art history. 

Home, Land and Sea 
Art in the Netherlands 1600-1800 
24 May 2013 – 2014 
This new exhibition presents around 50 of the galleries’ most important 17th and 18th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, the majority of which have not been on display for many years. The display includes portraits, domestic interiors, still lifes, landscapes and seascapes by prominent artists such as Jacob van Ruisdael, Pieter de Hooch and Gerard ter Borch. Showcasing the unique artistic creativity of the Netherlands, the exhibition presents the latest historical research as well as intriguing provenance details relating to the works. These paintings are being shown alongside a selection of artworks by major contemporary artists to encourage visitors to look at the Old Masters in new ways. It is curated by the gallery's National Gallery Curatorial Trainee, as part of a new partnership supported by the Art Fund. 

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Art For All: Thomas Horsfall's Manchester Experiment 
Manchester Gallery 
From 7 June 2013 
This exhibition is inspired by the work of local philanthropist Thomas Coglan Horsfall who pioneered the use of art galleries in education and as a means of improving the lives of deprived children. His achievements were remarkable. It will feature artworks from Horsfall’s Manchester Art Museum that are still in our collections today and will examine whether the meanings he ascribed to the objects have stood the test of time. 

Alison Erika Forde 
27 July 2013  – 2 September 2013 
Alison Erika Forde draws on her dreams and memories of past experiences to produce fairytale images imbued with a vital mischief and dark humour.  She rescues unwanted mass produced pictures and charity shop bric-a-brac and transforms them into valuable objects.  Influenced by graphic novels, comic strips, street art and kitsch, Forde creates fantastical works of art that emphasise how ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Her work is held in the Olbricht Collection and private collections in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA and the UK.  This exhibition showcases emerging talent from Manchester.  Alison Erika Forde is represented by The International 3.   

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A Highland Romance 
Victorian Views of Scottishness 
20 September 2013 – September 2014 
In the lead up to the referendum on the independence of Scotland taking place in Autumn 2014, this display will look at Scottish national identity through 19thcentury painting.  Using works from the Galleries’ historic collection, including Richard Ansdell’s The Chase, Peter Graham’s A Spate in the Highlands, and a selection of JMW Turner’s Scottish watercolours, Scottishness will be examined from the point of view of both Scottish and English artists. Contemporary works will also be included, such as David Mach’s Some Like it Hot and Ian Hamilton Finlay’s In Revolution Politics Becomes Nature. 

All that is Solid Melts into Air 
Curated by Jeremy Deller 
11 October 2013 – 19 January 2014 
For this new Hayward Touring exhibition, launching at Manchester Art Gallery, Jeremy Deller explores the roots of working class musical culture, from 19th century industrial folk to glam and heavy rock music in the 70s and 80s. The exhibition combines contemporary works with a vast range of objects and images, from historical paintings depicting factories and forges to oppositional broadsheets, political tracts, poems and popular ballads. Accompanied by a programme of events, performances and screenings, Deller approaches this wealth of material like a social cartographer tracing neglected ley lines of cultural history. The exhibition will include a newly commissioned film by Deller, along with banners and murals specially made for each showing. 

The Vanity of Small Differences 
Grayson Perry 
October 2013 - January 2014 
Grayson Perry's celebrated series of six tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences will be displayed at Manchester Art Gallery following their joint acquisition by the Arts Council Collection and the British Council.  The tapestries, which were created alongside the Channel 4 television series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’, tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Perry said that as a public artwork he hopes that "wherever it goes it not only delights the eye but also sparks debate about class, taste and British society.” 

Manchester Art Gallery 
Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL 
Tel: 0161 235 8888 Textphone: 0161 235 8893 
Open daily, 10am - 5pm and Thursdays 10am- 9pm. Free entry. 

Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall  

Manchester’s Gallery of Costume houses one of the largest collections of clothing and fashion accessories in Britain, containing over 20,000 items.  The collection is housed in the elegant surroundings of Platt Hall, an 18th century textile merchant's home. 

Knitted Elegance: Creative Fashion since the 1950s 
7 February – 2 June 2013 
Outfits by designers including Vivienne Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent and Missoni reveal how knitwear can be sophisticated yet practical, beautiful yet warm. 

Christian Dior: Designer in Focus 
12 June 2013 – 12 January 2014 
Christian Dior (1905-1957) was the most celebrated couturier of the mid 20th century. Beginning with his iconic ‘New Look’ in 1947, he reigned supreme in Parisian fashion for ten years until his untimely death in 1957. This show looks at some of his iconic outfits which are recent acquisitions for the Gallery’s collections, together with loans from other museums. Rare Paris label outfits include Wallis Simpson’s ‘New Look’ suit together with catwalk pieces from the 1950s. 

Gallery of Costume,
Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5LL 
Tel: 0161 245 7245 
Open Monday - Friday, 1-5pm. Saturday and Sunday,10am – 5pm. Free entry. 

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