do it 2013 a world premiere for Manchester International Festival

do it 2013
  • Friday 5 July 2013 - Sunday 22 September 2013
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE

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.

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.

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 and Adrian Piper to Tracey Emin and Richard Wentworth.

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.

Opening times

Friday 5 July 2 – 6pm

Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 July 10am – 6pm

Monday 22 July – Sunday 22 September 10am – 5pm

(Open till 9pm every Thursday)


Corporate Partners and Funders

Manchester International Festival would like to thank all our 2013 Corporate Partners and Funders without whom the Festival would not be possible.

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do it online

do it 2013  a world premiere for Manchester International Festival
We have dozens of instructions written by international artists on display this summer. Join in by uploading your own response on the website.