Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester

I’d heard a lot of positive things about the Whitworh Art Gallery in Manchester. making it one of the cornerstones of my tour of galleries in the north of England.

It’s probably a good idea to get the bus from the city centre to the Whitworth. I walked from Manchester Victoria, which was rather a long walk.

The Gallery looks onto Whitworth Park.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester looking out to park

I loved the Tibor Reich retrospective. Reich was a Hungarian who studied textiles and architecture in Vienna before coming to live in the UK in 1937. He opened his factory, Tibor Ltd in 1946.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester Tibor Reich blankets

Reich often based his designs on nature photos that he took.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester Tibor Reich tapestry

The vibrant colours used in Reich’s textiles was a welcome relief from the post-war drabness in the UK.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester Tibor Reich fabrics

Reich also designed tableware.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester Tibor Reich tableware

You can see the same style as the heads in the plate above in Reich’s drawing.

Whitworth Art Gallery Tibor Reich drawings

Another of my favourite installations at the Whitworth Art Gallery was Nico Vascellari’s ‘Bus de la Lum’ (Hole of Light).

Bus de la Lum by Nico Vascellari at Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester1

Walking around the installation was like being in an enchanted forest.

Nico Vasellari's 'Bus de la Lum@ at Whitworth Gallery Manchester

Evidently the Whitworth is home to a large collection of wallpapers, some of which were on display.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester wallpaper2

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester wallpaper1

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester wallpaper

Below are photos of some other pieces which I liked at the Whitworth Art Gallery.

‘Genesis’ by Jacob Epstein, was a lot smaller than  Epstein’s ‘Jacob and the Angel’ which I’ve seen at the Tate Liverpool.

Genesis by Jacob Epstein at Whitworth Gallery Manchester

The suit made of tin can lids by Ben Rivers is worn in one of the films in the ‘The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers’ installation.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester in can lid suit by ben rivers

The expression of the face portrayed in the ‘Green Eye’ painting is thoughful.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester green eye

The foxglove sculpture was beautiful.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester foxglove sculpture

The painting of the Minotaur reminded me of my visit to Knossos in Crete many years ago.

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester Minatour

The Whitworth Gallery was even better than I’d anticipated. I spent four hours there.

It’s free to get in. It’s open every day from 10am – 5pm, with late night opening on Thursday extending the closing time to 9pm.