Facing East and Ron Mueck at Manchester Art Gallery

The Big Kiss, 2007 by Chen Lei. Mixed Media. © The artist. Courtesy The Frank Cohen Collection
The Big Kiss, 2007 by Chen Lei. Mixed Media. © The artist. Courtesy The Frank Cohen Collection

Other recommended shows in Manchester at the moment – the sculptures are amazing. Most of Ron Mueck’s are larger than life but the spooning couple are very small yet so realistic you expect them to move at any time.

I think we have seen Yoshitomo Nara’s studio installation about 4 times now in different places. The suspended fibreglass figures by He An inspired by kung fu fight scenes from The Matrix are quite cool.

Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection

Thursday 4 February 2010 – Sunday 11 April 2010
FREE

Prepare to be amazed by ten rarely-shown works by current and future global art stars from China, India and Japan. Facing East is a wondrous exhibition featuring outstanding contemporary paintings and sculptures drawn from one of the largest and most important, privately held contemporary art collections in the UK today.

Frank Cohen’s art collection

Sometimes called the ‘Saatchi of the North’, Frank Cohen is one of the most important art collectors in the UK today. His collection of contemporary art contains over a thousand works by major international artists, as well as works from emerging contemporary artists.

Since 1997, Frank Cohen’s art collection has been his full-time occupation. In 2003 Cohen was a judge on the panel for the Turner Prize. In 2007 he opened Initial Access, an exhibition space to present works from his collection to the public. Works from the Frank Cohen Collection have also previously been shown at Tate, the Guggenheim, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.

ARTIST ROOMS Ron Mueck

Thursday 4 February 2010 – Sunday 11 April 2010
Manchester Art Gallery
FREE

Ron Mueck’s hyper-real sculptures of the human figure are tender portrayals of people in their most intimate, isolated and vulnerable moments. This exhibition features three of his remarkable, out of scale sculptures: Wild Man, 2005; Spooning Couple, 2005; and Mask III, 2005.

Australian-born, London-based artist Ron Mueck began his career as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television – working with creator of The Muppets Jim Henson on shows such as Sesame Street, and on films including Labyrinth.

Ron Mueck, Spooning Couple
Ron Mueck, Spooning Couple
SHARE