11 Rooms - Group Show

MIF 2011
  • Saturday 9 July 2011 - Sunday 17 July 2011
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE

Please note: Sunday 17 July is expected to be very busy, there may be queues to enter the exhibition and for some rooms.

Over the last two Festivals, with the iconoclastic Il Tempo del Postino and the epic Marina Abramović Presents, MIF has established a reputation for commissioning some of the most exciting live art events to be experienced anywhere. 11 Rooms builds on that work, attracting the attention and energy of the international art world to Manchester for the duration of the Festival.

Curators Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1 and MoMA, New York) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London) bring together 11 of the most interesting artists creating durational encounters to make new and re-imagined work for MIF. Each will explore the ephemeral aspects of art, focusing on an idea or situation that both establishes and erases itself in the same instance, shaping an unmediated experience for the audience in a series of specially-created spaces at Manchester Art Gallery. 


Marina Abramović
John Baldessari
Allora and Calzadilla
Simon Fujiwara
Joan Jonas
Laura Lima
Roman Ondák
Lucy Raven
Tino Sehgal
Santiago Sierra
Xu Zhen


Adrian Searle has some unnerving confrontations

BBC Manchester
"In the revolving door, you either get out of the way or get trapped in the corner. You become part of the artwork."

The Telegraph
This makes for an intimate, up close and at times slightly scary experience. It also carries with it more than a whiff of danger.


Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Manchester Art Gallery and the International Arts Festival RUHRTRIENNIAL 2012-2014.

Produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.

With thanks to Heiner Goebbels for his collaboration and support.

Manchester International Festival

Main image © John Baldessari

Image from DNA Animation by Drew Berry included
in the Björk Biophilia App Suite and Festival performance

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Manchester International Festival 2011
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Hans Ulrich Obrist

MIF 2011 Hans Ulrich Obrist
Curator of 11 Rooms Hans Ulrich Obrist at the Festival Programme Launch in Manchester.