We’ve been quite struck by some of the quotations associated with our current top exhibition picks. There’s the sound installation at the Whitworth that has had one visitor Tweeting ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my own demise’. There’s The Holden Gallery’s copy for Ruse: the artfulness of deceit, which got us thinking with the phrase ‘Ideas of reality are only a matter of belief.’ Then there’s HOME’s announcement of their next major exhibition, La Movida, a showcase of new commissions and international artworks that reflects on a period in Spain’s history characterised by this popular saying: “If you lived in the 80s and remember it, then you didn’t live it.”
These quotations aren’t simply striking in and of themselves: they also give an indication of the resonance – personal, philosophical and cultural – contained in our top picks. Which is why we chose them.
It should also be noted that we’re now rapidly counting down to Manchester’s radical, feminist Wonder Women festival (2-12 March), a celebration of those who won the fight for votes for women nearly a century ago through evenings with acclaimed artists, a special preview of an exhibition showcasing two sisters who were suffragettes and revolutionaries of their time, a special launch at Manchester Art Gallery and more.
Here are our top 6 picks
HOME has just announced its next major exhibition – a reflection on the cultural and social revolution that took place in post-Franco Spain through new commissions and pre-existing, international works.
‘Ideas of reality are only a matter of belief.’ This exhibition showcases five artists who all make work reflecting on the shifting boundaries between truth, illusion and authenticity – much like How much of this is fiction at FACT in Liverpool.
French & Mottershead present two pieces from their Afterlife series of immersive digital artworks that transport the listener via intimate stories through the body’s decomposition after death.
Refiguring American Abstraction, a new addition to Tate’s Constellations series of collection displays, makes unexpected connections between artistic movements through towering post-war American artists including Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne and Andy Warhol.
January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent. 50 years later, the People’s History Museum is launching an exhibition and series of events to chart the development in LGBT+ activism and rights to the present day. Join the People’s History Museum as they celebrate the launch of their Family Friendly programme on 12 March.