Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Whitworth Has Festival Highlights ; Music and Art from China Feature at Award-Winning Gallery

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Whitworth Has Festival Highlights ; Music and Art from China Feature at Award-Winning Gallery

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AS if being named Museum of the Year isn't reason enough to put Manchester University's lauded Whitworth Art Gallery on your must see map, there's currently two new exhibitions justifying that trip down Oxford Road.

Now open is the Whitworth's Manchester International Festival show, a rare paring of two extraordinary creative talents: artist Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Part.

The show, open daily from 10am to 5pm (9pm Thursdays) and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots, brings together a suite of four new works by Richter, Ashes (2015) and Doppelgrau (2014), and couples it with a live choral performance of Part's Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fatima in the Whitworth's bright and popular landscape gallery.

For the opening weekend (until July 11), Estonian choir Vox Clamantis will perform the work throughout the day (starting at 2pm on July 9), after which work will be recreated by a series of local choirs: Manchester Chamber Choir, the William Byrd Singers, the Ordsall Acapella Singers, the Manchester Singers, the Oldham, Rochdale and Wigan Youth Choirs, the KEMS choir, MIF13's Sacred Sounds Choir and the Siemen's Staff Choir and friends.

In a neighbouring gallery is the M+ Sigg Collection - Chinese Art From The 1970s To Now, 80 pieces that include work by Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, Chi Xiaoning, Weng Fen, Zhang Huan and Zhang Pelili, as well as subversive art collectives such as No Name Group. …

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