Past Exhibitions

Edward Burne-Jones, Cupid and Psyche, detail

Pre-Raphaelite Works on Paper from the Collection

Saturday 11 October 2008 - Sunday 11 January 2009

See a selection of our superb works on paper by some of the major Pre-Raphaelite artists. Highlights include drawings and watercolours by Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Madox Brown and Millais.

Paul Morrison, Parthenocarp, detail

Paul Morrison

Saturday 14 February 2009 - Sunday 31 May 2009

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?

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Dinu Li, Rusholme, detail

Press the * then say Hello

Saturday 15 November 2008 - Sunday 22 February 2009

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.

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Woman helps child with workshop activity

Family Art Club Showcase

Tuesday 18 November 2008 - Sunday 25 January 2009

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.

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Zaha Hadid, install proposal, detail

JS Bach / Zaha Hadid Architects

Friday 3 July 2009 - Monday 31 August 2009
Free entry during the day. Visit for booking details for evening concerts.

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.

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Francesca Woodman, On being an Angel, detail

Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism

Saturday 26 September 2009 - Sunday 10 January 2010
Tickets: 6 (concessions 4) Under 18s and Friends free.

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Andrew Bracey, Penguin

Andrew Bracey: Animalation

Saturday 31 October 2009 - Sunday 28 February 2010

See a selection of flip-book inspired animations by Manchester-based artist Andrew Bracey in this new exhibition.

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Marc Quinn, No Visible Means of Escape IV 1996, detail

Visual Dialogues

Tuesday 28 October 2008 - Sunday 15 March 2009

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.

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Mini Grey, What Are You Like? , detail

What Are You Like?

Saturday 4 July 2009 - Monday 31 August 2009

From Quentin Blake to Eric Clapton, 45 famous names reveal their favourite things in this exhibition celebrating the art of illustration.

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Disparate de Miedo (The Folly of Fear), detail

Fantasies, Follies and Disasters: The Prints of Francisco de Goya

Saturday 15 August 2009 - Sunday 16 January 2011

Discover Goya's extraordinary use of imagination, wit and satire in this exhibition of around 30 rarely-displayed prints from our collections.

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