The Manchester Art Gallery will present Raqib Shaw’s largest solo exhibition to date from February. This major exhibition will feature 28 recent (and many previously unseen) works by the artist including large scale paintings, sculptures and works on paper, drawn together from private collections around the world.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the artist, Manchester Art Gallery will be transformed with flower installations. Inspired by Shaw’s passion for flowers and plants, his studio will create sculptural interventions of willow and driftwood planted with spring bulbs and the exterior of the gallery will appear to be in bloom for the duration of the show. As part of Shaw’s gift to the city, an exhibition launch party, La Nuit d’Amour, takes place on Valentine’s night, Thursday 14 February from 6-9pm.
Shaw is creating a major new painting for this exhibition, in response to George Stubbs’ Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians, one of the most popular works in the gallery’s collection. This stunning yet provocative work will be displayed alongside Stubbs’ original painting in the 18th century collection gallery.
Other major works on display will include Adam, a painted bronze overlaid with black diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The show will also feature a selection from Shaw’s recent series Of Beasts and Super-Beasts, first shown in Paris in 2012. These glitter and rhinestone encrusted acrylic works on paper feature incredibly detailed creatures and still lives drawn from the artist’s imagination and highlight Shaw’s passion for drawing.
Raqib Shaw : Exhibition dates: 15 February – 26 May 2013 -MANCHESTER ART GALLERY
Photo: Raqib Shaw, (Detail) Absence of God VII, 2008