The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
The McManus : Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum
The McManus is a magnificent Victorian, Gothic building where art, history and the environment combine to offer a facinating insight into Dundee. The McManus has recently undergone an exciting and extensive redevelopment project, to transform the facility into a museum and art gallery for the 21st century. The facility features new displays, cafe and retail area, while still retaining the original Gothic architecture of the building. A Creative Learning Suite and hands-on activities incorporating the latest technology also enhance the overall visitor experience.
Last entry is 15 minutes before gallery closing time.
A Silvered Light - Scottish Art Photography from the City's Permanent Collection
- 6 December 2013 — 30 November 2014 *on now
Scottish Art Photography selected from Dundee City’s permanent collection will be displayed in an exhibition organised by The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum.
This exhibition will showcase images from over 50 photographers collected in the 28 years following the purchase of two important early photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper in 1985. Dundee was the first local authority to collect fine art photography and this has resulted in a significant collection representing many of the major Scottish-based photographers of the late twentieth century.
Scotland has had a leading role in the development of photography – indeed it is claimed that photography is the only art form that Scots have practiced to the highest standard from the time of its invention. This exhibition will allow visitors to explore the different ways in which the selected artists used the medium of photography in fine art and include work from Calum Colvin, Oscar Marzaroli, Maud Sulter, Emma Hamilton, Patricia MacDonald and David Williams.
The exhibition will be changing focus throughout the year. In addition, there will be a series of linked events taking place throughout 2014. Please check the McManus website and Facebook for updated information
A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution
- 13 November 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now
Over 70 original posters (from print collectives, celebrated artists, graphic designers and anonymous poster-makers), will be displayed in a stimulating exhibition that identifies how posters have been used to mobilise, educate and organise many varied causes and campaigns around the world. Ranging from the early 20th century right up to examples from recent protests in Turkey, Ukraine and Egypt, the posters bring together highly creative graphic design and photography with slogans which span international boundaries and languages.
A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution is the fourth in the series of partnership projects with The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum presenting touring exhibitions from the Victoria & Albert Museum, London as part of the pre-opening programme of exhibitions for V&A Museum of Design Dundee.
The display looks at a century of posters agitating for political action, drawn primarily from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s outstanding poster collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protests and loans of rare posters from the Northern Ireland Political Collection held at the Linden Hall Library in Belfast. The posters have been produced under many different conditions: from Apartheid to the Vietnam War and British miners’ strikes. The display brings together some of the most potent, and in many cases controversial, images used to declare opposition to major events and campaigns throughout the world. Together they demonstrate the extraordinary power a poster can have and how different graphic strategies and visual vocabularies of protest emerge and evolve.
Exhibition organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
- Any age
Through Smoke & Flame: WW1 Propoganda Posters by Frank Brangwyn
- 22 November 2014 — 25 January 2015 *on now
In commemoration of World War I, our annual Winter Works on Paper is drawn from the City’s collection of sketches, posters and prints by artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956). Never an official war artist, Brangwyn nevertheless created over eighty striking posters for the British Government, national newspapers, European charities and the US Navy.
This display, which features a selection of these works, explores the importance of the poster in war-time Britain. Today posters continue to play a key role in encouraging support for or against political causes. From 1914-18 however, they were essential for justifying the conflict, encouraging recruitment, seeking charitable donations and promoting war-time thrift.
The most successful posters were those that played on the viewer’s feelings. Frank Brangwyn, an artist renowned for capturing human emotion, was therefore an ideal candidate for the job.
Roman Empire: Power & People - A British Museum Tour
- 24 January — 10 May 2015
The McManus is the touring exhibition’s only Scottish venue!
This exhibition brings together over 160 stunning pieces from the British Museum, to explore the story of one of the most powerful empires the world has ever seen. Highlights include sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and even near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing from Roman Egypt.
Roman Empire: Power and People explores the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire, and also how the Romans viewed their provinces and other peoples. Religious, military and personal objects give an insight into the lives of people across the Empire, from northern Britain to Egypt and the Middle East. These fascinating objects show how the influences of many people and places that the Romans came into contact with, were absorbed and adapted into the Empire.
Alongside the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity see objects from Dundee’s Roman collections, as well as objects on loan from the National Museum of Scotland, and Perth & Kinross Museum Service.
An exciting programme of activities and events accompanies the exhibition.
- Family friendly