This display explores the pioneering role that painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and David Hockney played in the reinvention of figurative art in the second half of the 20th century.
Twelve international jewellery designers present new commissions in response to our Pre-Raphaelite painting collection.
See sculptures by contemporary Korean artists Gwon Osang and Choe U-ram at Manchester Art Gallery as part of Asia Triennial Manchester 08.
Join Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and friends in our interactive summer exhibition for under 7s and their families.
This autumn Manchester Art Gallery stages the first international exhibition in over 40 years dedicated to the life and work of Pre-Raphaelite master William Holman Hunt.
This exhibition celebrates the 60th birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales. It's a rare chance to see ten of the Royal Collection's finest drawings by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519).
In celebration of the Professional Footballers' Association's centenary year, this is the first ever public exhibition of work from their art collection.
Discover multi-media sculpture, photography and animation based on the theme of well-being. The award-winning, arts-based mental health service, Start Manchester, part of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, has created this new exhibition especially for display at Manchester Art Gallery.
Giant sunflowers and daisies tower over a ruined Greek temple and a country cottage. A menacing black sun (or moon) looms above. Could nature be out of control?
Dinu Li's beautiful photographic portraits depict residents from Manchester's many different communities using call centres to keep in touch with their friends and relatives abroad.
See artworks produced at the gallery's family art clubs and inspired by our collections. Look out for them around the galleries, on display next to the original works.
A major new commission by Manchester International Festival with Manchester Art Gallery. Bach's sublime solo works for piano, violin and cello will be performed in a unique environment created by Zaha Hadid Architects.
See a selection of flip-book inspired animations by Manchester-based artist Andrew Bracey in this new exhibition.
Look out for Marc Quinn's sculpture No Visible Means of Escape IV (1996) on loan from Tate and on display in our Victorian Galleries as part of the Visual Dialogues programme.
From Quentin Blake to Eric Clapton, 45 famous names reveal their favourite things in this exhibition celebrating the art of illustration.
Discover Goya's extraordinary use of imagination, wit and satire in this exhibition of around 30 rarely-displayed prints from our collections.
See the Chapman Brothers' gruesome sculpture Disasters of War alongside the Goya etchings that inspired it.
Prepare to be amazed by ten rarely-shown works by current and future global art stars from China, India and Japan. Facing East is a wondrous exhibition featuring outstanding contemporary paintings and sculptures drawn from one of the largest and most important, privately held contemporary art collections in the UK today.
Ron Mueck's hyper-real sculptures of the human figure are tender portrayals of people in their most intimate, isolated and vulnerable moments. This exhibition features three of his remarkable, out of scale sculptures: Wild Man, 2005; Spooning Couple, 2005; and Mask III, 2005.
See the winners of our Inspired by… competition displayed alongside the work that inspired them in the gallery.
This is the first comprehensive retrospective to trace Dorothy Bohm's exceptional photographic career – a career that spans six decades and several continents.
Charlotte Newson's photo-mosaic portrait of Manchester suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is formed from thousands of images of other inspirational women, supplied by people around the world.
You're invited to sing a karaoke duet with a soldier.
This quietly provocative installation was made by the Manchester-based Quarantine theatre company over an 18 month period with currently serving soldiers.
Lighting created by young people from across Manchester together with lighting designer Daniel Davis James.
Drawing, textiles and mixed-media artworks inspired by the gallery and our collections, created by people with learning disabilities.
See the winners of our annual competition for adults.
Button World is a positive treasure trove for children, and imaginations will surely run wild as they explore a kaleidoscope of thousands of buttons of all shapes, sizes, colours and materials.
See the results of the Gallery's most ambitious conservation project ever.
Paul Floyd Blake's striking photographic portraits show ordinary people involved in a variety of sports - from football to fell running - depicted against the backdrop of their chosen pursuit.
A celebration of the creativity of Manchester school children highlighting the gallery's Artists in Schools programme.
New purchases for the Corporate Members' collection
Taiwanese metal artist Chien-Wei Chang is the latest designer and maker to be featured in the 21st Century Showcase in the Gallery of Craft and Design.
The Creative Consultants (our team of young people) have chosen two contemporary photographs from Tate Britain to hang with the artworks in our Victorian galleries, creating a visual dialogue between old and new.
In this video, a pomegranate stands out from a backdrop reminiscent of a sixteenth century still life until it is exploded by a high-velocity bullet.
Inspired by Celia Fiennes (1662–1741) who journeyed through England on horseback and came to Manchester in 1688, Jo Roberts will be a contemporary reporter coming to the city. She will take as her subject Manchester's two football clubs, revealing the quirky through drawing and writing, reflecting and observing.
This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, the largest ever art exhibition in the UK, held here in Manchester in 1857.
This exhibition is the result of a photographic project commissioned by Look 07 working with eight groups and twelve artists. Each group presents what is distinctive about their experience of Manchester and has worked with photographic techniques from polaroids and pinhole cameras to digital media.
Sophie MacCorquodale is the winner of the Crosby Manchester Art prize for 2005.
Laylah Ali, Hamad Butt, Ellen Gallagher & Edgar Cleijne, David Huffman, Hew Locke, Marepe, Henna Nadeem, Kori Newkirk, Yinka Shonibare MBE,
Eric Wesley and Mario Ybarra Jr.
The Creative Consultants - our group of young people who explore the exhibitions and collections and help to interpret art works for a young audience - bring together two art works, to create a visual dialogue in our twentieth century galleries. Watch out for their interpretation of these art works from mid January.
Don't miss your only chance to see Kylie – The Exhibition in the north of England.
A special exhibition celebrating the creativity of the communities of Manchester. Inspired by the Art Treasures exhibition.
Pakistan's new miniature art movement is experiencing a spectacular revival around the world. Beyond the Page brings eight of the most prestigious artists trained in Pakistan to Manchester Art Gallery, as part of the Festival of Muslim Cultures 2006.
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba is one of the most exciting Asian artists to have emerged in recent years. This retrospective is his first major UK exhibition.
Televisions that retract into the ceiling, pivoting walls with a built-in mini bar, underground 'nuclear cities' – the work of the 1960s Italian designer Joe Colombo could easily have emerged from the set of a contemporary James Bond film. This is the first international retrospective of Colombo's influential work.
This exhibition celebrates 25 years of inspiring textiles by Georgina von Etzdorf, one the UK's most influential design labels.
See the 10 winning art works from our Inspired by... competition displayed alongside the original works that inspired them.
From Manchester to Shanghai is a major retrospective of paintings by the popular Manchester artist Liam Spencer. As well as his most well known pictures of Manchester scenes, the exhibition also includes recent paintings of New York and Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
Swiss born René Burri is one of the world's greatest living photographers. From his famous portraits of Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso to his iconic pictures of Sao Paolo and Brasilia, his work captures almost all the major political, historical and cultural events and key figures of the second half of the 20th century.
This family friendly exhibition celebrates Miffy, the iconic bunny rabbit created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. Now celebrating her 50th birthday, Miffy is a worldwide phenomenon loved by children, teenagers and nostalgic adults alike.
In no particular order is the first solo exhibition in the UK by California-based artist Pae White. Cascading waterfalls of multi-coloured paper, delicate wire bird cages suspended above pools of coloured light and 21st century tapestries create a stunning visual experience in the gallery.