Everything’s Inevitable: Works from the collection of Manchester Art Gallery selected by Des Hughes

Everything’s Inevitable, 2011, Des Hughes
  • Tuesday 1 May 2012 - Sunday 5 May 2013
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE

This new display of works, largely from our own collection, brings together sculpture, painting, watercolour and drawing from the 16th century to the mid 20th century.

Chosen by contemporary sculptor Des Hughes, the display comprises around 20 landscape, portraiture and still life pieces.

It's a chance to see some of our most popular works, such as paintings by William Blake, Alberto Giacometti and Paul Nash and sculpture by Jacob Epstein and Barbara Hepworth. Some of the lesser known works by artists such as Edward Middleditch and Elizabethan court painter, George Gower, have rarely been seen out of storage before.

It also features one of Hughes' most recent works In a Brown Study 2011 which the gallery will acquire for the collection.

The exhibition presents a fantastic opportunity to see Stanley Spencer's masterpiece The Garage, on loan from The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

This evocative depiction of the motoring world is a fascinating study of both the social and technological aspects of the industry in the late 1920s. It has never been shown in the city before.

Hughes has also filled a cabinet with ancient and intriguing objects from the gallery's collection, including some Roman nails, a spoon from the 5th century and a birch porridge stirrer (known as a thible) from the 19th century. He has mingled these with pieces from his ongoing series of small sculptures Thems.

On show until 2013, the exhibition is just one of many exciting changes currently taking place at the gallery. Over the next few months we'll be revitalising many of our permanent displays and replacing some galleries with entirely new exhibitions.

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