Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

Not one but two renowned figures of 20th century British art feature among our Exhibitions guide top picks this month. Over at IWM North, the ever-controversial, somewhat-mythologised co-founder of the Vorticist movement, Wyndham Lewis, is revisited in the UK’s largest retrospective of his work to date. While a series of previously unseen images taken by world-renowned photographer, Clive Arrowsmith, provide an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the nation’s most loved, but deeply private artists: LS Lowry.

From enigmatic characters to seismic events, HOME’s newly announced Autumn/Winter Season features a bold re-examination of the legacy of the Russian Revolution during its centenary year in The Return of Memory. While The Scar imagines the moments leading up to the infamous 1996 Susurluk car crash – a key factor in the unravelling of the Turkish Deep State – through the eyes of an ex-beauty queen, whose death was written out of history.

Over in Liverpool, a brand new national architecture centre opens its doors for the first time with a playful look at the northern city’s skyline that never was in Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker. And Grundy Art Gallery in Blackpool presents an alternative twist upon the traditional Victorian seaside show, Punch and Judy, in LOVE LIFE: ACT IIrevealing the dark themes that lie at its core.

Finally, we preview Ceremony: a live film event that draws MIF 2017 to a dramatic close by celebrating the return of Manchester’s adopted son, Friedrich Engels, to the city.

Here are our picks

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