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Update From Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester City Galleries and Whitworth Art Gallery Spring has sprung in a big way here at Manchester Art Gallery as Raqib Shaw’s exhibition arrives with a riot of colour in the paintings and an extraordinary installation of willow, spring flowers and foliage around our perimeter railings and entrance hall. We hope you love the art reaching out beyond our gallery walls. About Manchester Art Gallery New displays across our galleries that showcase highlights from our unique collection. Manchester Art Gallery has a world-class fine and decorative art collection, with over 25,000 works ranging from Pre-Raphaelite paintings to bold new contemporary art, as well as drawings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics. Our sister venue, the Gallery of Costume at Platt Hall in Rusholme, holds over 21,000 pieces of clothing, accessories, photographs and more, spanning the history of dress from 1700 to fashion today (see the reverse of this leaflet for what’s on here). Jewellery icon Karl Fritsch has a world-class reputation for making distinctive and highly coveted rings from gold, silver and precious gems that are works of art in their own right. Designed to complement the Raqib Shaw exhibition, this is Fritsch’s first solo UK show and includes pieces for sale from £100 upwards. Lots for our visitors to do then. We hope you enjoy the season. Cover Image: St. Sebastian of the Poppies (detail), 2012, Raqib Shaw. © Raqib Shaw Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Between the Wars 27 April – 13 October This display brings together paintings, sculptures, works on paper, craft and design to express the various styles and concerns of British art in the turbulent period between the wars. Raqib Shaw 15 February –26 May Manchester Art Gallery Free entry #ArtBTW Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting 16 March – 2014 Enter the gallery past a magical series of willow and spring flower installations to discover the dark, unsettling world of Raqib Shaw’s art. Beneath the seductive surface of his jewel-encrusted works, you’ll find a disturbing land inhabited by terrifying monkey warriors and other mythical beasts. Drawn largely from the Arts Council Collection, this 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. Exclusive to Manchester and Prague, this new exhibition comprises recent paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Shaw has created a striking response to Manchester’s famous Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians, by George Stubbs for the exhibition. The original painting made a lasting impression on the artist as a young boy and has inspired this provocative new work, now on display alongside the original. Initiated by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier 20 years ago, do it has been enacted in 50 different places, making it the widest-reaching and longest running ‘exhibition in progress’ ever to occur. #KarlFritsch What’s new As we move towards summer, the tremendous creative energy of the Manchester International Festival takes hold of the city and we’re proud to be part of it, working with Hans Ulrich Obrist from London’s Serpentine Gallery to re-stage a 20th anniversary presentation of the legendary do it exhibition. Help make groundbreaking new art by taking part in do it – an evolving exhibition created from a series of instructions written by artists. An eclectic mix of things for you to do at the gallery and at home, the instructions range from the active to the absurd to the philosophical. Karl Fritsch Jewellery Until 27 May We regularly change our exhibitions and displays; so as well as showing some of your favourite, familiar artworks, there is always something new. We also loan works from our collections to other galleries world-wide, promoting Manchester internationally and widening access to our collections. Elsewhere across the gallery, many favourite pieces - like Ford Madox Brown’s Work - have returned and other significant paintings have come out on display as we use our atrium and balconies to show even more of the collections we hold here in Manchester. Our Dutch oil paintings are all being redisplayed too with the help of the curatorial expertise at the National Gallery. do it 2013 – a world premiere for Manchester International Festival 5 July – 22 September Free entry #RaqibShaw The exhibition is a collaboration between Manchester Art Gallery and Galerie Rudolfinum. St Sebastian of the Poppies, 2012, Raqib Shaw. © Raqib Shaw Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Four People Sunbathing, 1955, Michael Andrews Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London ©The Estate of Michael Andrews, courtesy of James Hyman, London. Home, Land and Sea Art in the Netherlands 1600 – 1800 From 24 May Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester From 7 June This new display juxtaposes fifty of our most important Dutch and Flemish paintings with contemporary art and a new sound installation by local young people. See works by Old Masters, including Jacob van Ruisdael and Pieter de Hooch, alongside pieces by major contemporary artists, including Mat Collishaw and Gavin Turk. These dramatic interventions shed new light on the stories and symbolism of the historic works, some of which are being displayed for the first time in many years. Manchester philanthropist Thomas Horsfall believed firmly in the social benefits of art and successfully lobbied to change the law so that school children could visit museums and galleries as part of their education. He also set up an art museum in Ancoats in 1895 to connect the city’s poor with the natural world through images of nature. Local children have helped with this exhibition that explores Horsfall’s collection and the relationship between art, nature and people. This display is supported by the National Gallery, the Art Fund, Aurelius Trust and the Friends and Patrons of Manchester Art Gallery. Supported by DAC Beachcroft. #RadicalFigures #HomeLandandSea The Tallest of Tales Alison Erika Forde 27 July – 10 November To celebrate its 20th anniversary, and in homage to the original idea, this new exhibition premieres 70 brand new instructions. It brings together artists from the first do it experiments with a new generation of contemporary artists from Ai Weiwei to Adrian Piper to Tracey Emin to Richard Wentworth. #doit2013 Forde creates fairytale images made from mass-produced pictures and charity shop bric-a-brac. With influences including book illustrations, folk art and kitsch, she fills her work with mischief and dark humour. Alison Erika Forde is represented by The International 3, Manchester. #AlisonErikaForde do it is a generative exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it 2013 is produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery, in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. #Horsfall Kitchen interior with man bringing fish for sale, 1657, Hendrick Sorgh. Image: Moon over Takasaki, 1998, Fischli & Weiss Courtesy the artists Friday 5 July 2pm – 6pm Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 July 10am – 6pm Monday 22 July – Sunday 22 September 10am – 5pm (Open till 9pm every Thursday)

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