On the Town

Manchester Art Gallery

It was National Museum day 1st February.  I followed the Tate Modern London, Tate Liverpool, Dox Prague and Beamish.  But you don’t have to wait for a special day to support museums – you can support them any time and the best way is to actually visit them.  I love popping into the Manchester City Gallery when ever I’m in town.  The last exhibition was ‘Women and Anarchy (women Surrealists) which I wrote about HERE.


The head of Mueck's 'Wild Man'

We went to the Manchester City Art Gallery today.  That is another museum that I follow on Twitter.  There are 3 works being exhibited by Hyper-Realist artist Ron Mueck  (4th Feb – April 10)  Artist’s Rooms and an exhibition called Facing East:  Recent work from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection.  Mueck’s ‘Wild Man” is colossal and dominates the room.  the naked model sits down, a wild nervous look upon his face.  this has to be seen to be believed!  Mask 111 also huge, you can see each pore in the skin.  The Spooning couple’ was quite small,  deliberate so the viewer invades this private moment by their close scrutiny.

Following on from the enormous success of 2009, Manchester Art Gallery is one of 21 museums and galleries across the UK showing 25 ARTIST ROOMS displays drawn from the collection created by the dealer and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by the nation in February 2008.

ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with The Art Fund has been devised to enable this collection held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Behind the scene view of Mask 3

More Hyperealist artists HERE
There are some pretty amazing paintings and objects on display in Manchester City Art Gallery, including a very fine collection of Pre Raphaelite paintings and some unbelievable Adolphe Valette paintings and life drawings which I shall be writing about later.
There’s another post I wrote about Ron Mueck with more pics of his work HERE
Follow a museum HERE on Twitter or just…folow a museum!

6 thoughts on “On the Town

  1. Apparently (well, the Manchester one) was designed as a Greek temple of the arts and for pupils to discover the Greek way of life by drawing on the stories and myths which are contained within the paintings and objects. So perhaps this is the case with most of them (Temples to the Arts)
    Have you seen Mueck’s ‘Dead Dad’ /
    My post about that and others is

  2. Leslie, these are massive! each hair is threaded individually, the eyelashes, blemishes – the attention to detail is astounding. I do hope that you get to see these in real life.

  3. There is currently a Ron Mueck exhibition here in Melbourne, Australia (only an hour and a half’s drive from me). I have been meaning to go. Thank you for spurring me on!
    This is a lovely site. I spent time in London years ago. The highlight for me was the Tate gallery where I remember bathing in Turner for hours!

  4. Thanks Kirsty! lucky you – I hope you go and come out amazed lol! Seen nearly all his stuff now. Saw a lot including ‘Dead Dad’ (my favorite) at the Saatchi a few years ago. The very tall adolescent girl I saw at the Liverpool Tate a while ago. The attention to detail is really something else, for example the ‘Wild Man’s ‘face, and nose being a different skin tone to the body, reddening around the nostrils just like a real person. Freckles, silver hairs amongst brown — the toenails are a work of art all on their own!! Thanks for visiting Kirsty – hope you’ll come back.

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