do it 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery

Fischli & Weiss, Moon over Takasaki, 1998. Courtesy of the artists.

On View July 5 – September 22, 2013

To celebrate do it’s 20th anniversary, do it 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery premieres 70 brand new artists’ instructions, and brings together artists from the first do it experiments with a new generation of contemporary artists. Divided in four rooms, the exhibition turns the notion of viewing into an active and performative encounter between artists and visitors. The Active Room, presented by the artist Richard Wentworth, will contain a series of instructions aimed at the public. The Homage Room will feature living artists’ reactions to instructions originally created by artists that are no longer with us. The Film Room will screen a large number of do it video works. And finally, the Archive Room, curated by ICI and Hans Ulrich Obrist, in collaboration with Joseph Grigely, will present a collection of ephemeral and indexical documentation from do it participants over the past 20 years; this archive project is an historical record of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ongoing project to date. The exhibition is organized along different series of events, screenings, live performances, plays, concerts, and exhibitions that take place all around Manchester for the International Festival.

Friday, July 5
Opening Reception from 2-6pm

For more information on do it 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery, please visit the official Art Gallery website here.

For more information on the Manchester International Festival, please visit the official MIF website here.

July 5, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Steet
Manchester, UK


Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zürich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and Senior Artistic Advisor of The Shed in New York. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions.

Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to the magazines Artforum, AnOther Magazine, 032C, a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope and he writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts.

His recent publications include Mondialité, Conversations in Mexico,Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is a publicly owned art gallery, part of the Manchester City Council’s Cultural Directorate, based in Manchester, UK. One of the region’s most popular cultural destinations, Manchester Art Gallery houses many of the city’s most important fine and decorative artworks, covering six centuries up to the present day. Visitors can enjoy a diverse programme of changing exhibitions, ranging from historic to cutting edge contemporary art, photography, design, decorative art, and family friendly exhibitions.

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