Thanks to the ongoing tour of ARTIST ROOMS, the hyper-real sculptures of celebrated artist Ron Mueck will be on show at Manchester Art Gallery
from 4 February to 11 April 2010.
Ron Muecks sculptural work concentrates on the human form, tenderly portraying people in their most intimate, isolated and vulnerable moments. This exhibition features three of his remarkable, out-of-scale sculptures from the ARTIST ROOMS collection: Wild Man, 2005; Spooning Couple, 2005; and Mask III, 2005.
Following the success of ARTIST ROOMS last year, 21 museums and galleries across the UK in 2010 will be showing 25 ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays from the collection created by the curator and collector, Anthony dOffay, and acquired by the nation in February 2008. ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with The Art Fund has been devised to enable this collection held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.
As will all the ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions, entry to the Ron Mueck show is completely free of charge. The Art Fund has allocated £250,000 per year of the tour to make this possible.
Stephen Deuchar, Director of The Art Fund, said: "Ron Mueck is an extraordinary artist whose work generates powerful responses wherever it is displayed. Anthony dOffays vision for the ARTIST ROOMS collection was that it would be encountered by as many people as possible - young people in particular. By taking this extraordinary collection out of London and Edinburgh, ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with The Art Fund is enabling people in and around Manchester to see Muecks work on their doorstep and entirely free of charge."
Australian-born, London-based artist Ron Mueck began his career as a model maker and puppeteer for childrens television working with creator of the Muppets Jim Henson on shows such as Sesame Street, and on films including Labyrinth. Mueck first made his name as an acclaimed artist when his work was included in the Royal Academys 1997 Sensation exhibition alongside works by Young British Artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Jake & Dinos Chapman. Since then, Muecks works have been exhibited across the world, captivating the public wherever they have been shown.