Whitworth Art Gallery takes cherished artworks to Selfridges Manchester

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 January 2014

Touring exhibitions might only dream of the audience awaiting selected artworks the Whitworth is taking to Manchester's Selfridges Exchange Square

A photo of a large white sculpture inside a busy urban shopping centre
Retail therapy for the Whitworth's finest exhibits this winter© Courtesy Joe Gardner
The Whitworth Art Gallery, which is closed until autumn for a £15 million redevelopment, will take works including Jacob Epstein’s Genesis, Pablo Picasso’s The Frugal Meal, JMW Turner’s The Loreliei, Germany and Lucian Freud’s Man’s Heads to Selfridges Exchange Square in Manchester.

Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Paula Rego and Rachel Whiteread are among the contemporary artists whose works will be shown within the consumer complex as part of a curatorial attempt to seize on the temporary closure by taking the resident collection to the public.

"Manchester is a city built on imagination, from Industrial Revolution entrepreneurs to the artists who come here today to create new, daring and innovative work,” said Maria Balshaw, the gallery director.

“In the year that the Whitworth will open in new and extended form, I am delighted to bring to a wider audience some of its incredible artworks.”

Balshaw has all devised a thoughtful programme of pop-up talks and events at the centre between now and mid-February, with highlights including a discussion on the imagination between artist Jeremy Deller and the broadcasters Mary Anne Hobbs and Dave Haslam and talks in the company of artists Ben Kelly, Richard Wentworth and Helen Storey.

A series of workshops, Imagination Lunchtimes, will take place within the womenswear section of the flagship store.


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A photo of a large white sculpture inside a busy urban shopping centre
Four historic works by Albrecht Dürer, JMW Turner, John Ruskin and Pablo Picasso© Courtesy Joe Gardner
A photo of a large white sculpture of a naked woman on a plinth in a shopping centre
Public space will be doubled at the Whitworth when it reopens© Courtesy Joe Gardner
A photo of a woman polishing the case of a painting showing a man's head in profile
A clearer view of Lucian Freud, Man's Head (1963)© Courtesy Joe Gardner
A photo of a large white sculpture of a naked woman within a darkened shopping centre
Jacob Epstein, Genesis, 1929-1931© Courtesy Joe Gardner
A photo of a museum case with exhibits in it as part of a busy retail shopping centre
The six-week pop-up exhibition forms part of the store's Festival of Imagination© Courtesy Joe Gardner
A photo of a museum case containing art within a busy, well-lit retail shopping centre
Jeremy Deller and Jeanette Winterson are among the figures heading to Manchester as part of the pop-up programme© Courtesy Joe Gardner
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