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Flashback

8.10.2015 – 31.3.2017
Staff installing Andy Warhol, Cars, 2001. Photo: Anthony Carr

Staff installing Andy Warhol, Cars, 2001. Photo: Anthony Carr

Guests at the preview of Andy Warhol, Cars, 2001

Guests at the preview of Andy Warhol, Cars, 2001

© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.

© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.

Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

Staff installing Andy Warhol, Cars, 2001. Photo: Anthony Carr
Guests at the preview of Andy Warhol, Cars, 2001
© Gilbert & George, Gum City, 1998, 338 x 284cm.
Gilbert & George visiting MK Gallery construction site on 22/6/99 to announce their forthcoming exhibition

Flashback

8 October 2015 - 31 March 2017

Presented in MK Gallery Project Space until 3 July 2016

 

On Thursday 8 October, 2015, exactly 16 years since MK Gallery first opened to the public, MK Gallery launches Flashback, an archival project exploring the organisation’s rich exhibition history.

 

Flashback is an onsite and online display providing an opportunity to consider the wealth of international art that MK Gallery has brought to Milton Keynes to date, while the gallery undergoes a major renovation and expansion.

 

Between now and March 2017, Flashback will present material relating to some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, from Andy Warhol and James Lee Byars to the radical Italian ‘Arte Povera’ artists Guiseppe Penone and Gilberto Zorio. Also featured will be numerous emerging artists, some of whom were subsequently nominated for the Turner Prize award, including Phil Collins, Roger Hiorns and Cathy Wilkes, as well as some of the best artists from Milton Keynes.

 

The first archival display, Flashback: 1999 (8 October - 29 November 2015), focuses on the opening of the building and the inaugural exhibition by internationally acclaimed British artists Gilbert and George. Attracting significant national and regional attention, the artistic duo’s exhibition placed MK Gallery firmly on the UK cultural map.

 

Successive monthly displays will each review a calendar year of exhibitions concluding with 2015. This will provide an opportunity to remind ourselves of the endlessly diverse ways in which artists investigate the world, exploring their interests, ideas and issues, through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, video, performance, dance, spoken word and installation art.

 

Some of the more unexpected exhibits to have appeared in MK Gallery over the years include a black London taxi cab, a white hearse containing a coffin made of cigarettes, a VW camper van, a mobile bar, recreations of an artist’s sitting room, a 1970s tv studio, and a Google office environment, a giant drawing made from acacia thorns, massively scaled red plastic fingernails, a pyramid of every African nation’s flag, and installations that are only completed by the visitor playing the grand piano or full drum kit provided.

 

Speaking of the Flashback project Claire Corrin, MK Gallery’s Exhibition Organiser said: “We’ve had an exciting time rummaging through the archive and selecting the most interesting material. There will be plenty to interest people, from photography to press coverage and print (posters, adverts, and catalogues).There will also be screenings of filmed talks and events, including interviews with artists and curators. We’d love people to share their memories or any exhibition ephemera that they might find for use in the Flashback website so that we can provide a more comprehensive survey of the gallery’s history.

 

 

Details of MK Gallery’s previous 100 or so past exhibitions and projects can be found here.

More information

Opening hours

Thursday & Friday  12pm - 8pm

Saturday  11am - 8pm

 

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The main gallery will re-open in 2017 after major renovation and expansion. Read about the plans and how you can support us HERE

 

Explore each exhibition in depth:

 

Flashback: 2001

(5 - 31 January 2016)

Richard Ross / Jan Dibbets / John Riddy

FaceOn / Mark Wallinger / Sigmar Polke

Marta Marcé / Abigail Lane / Look at Me

Andy Warhol / Drawing Distinctions

The Silbury Group

 

Flashback: 2000

(1 December 2015 - 3 January 2016)

Mark Francis: Elements

Richard Hamilton / Printers inc / Patrick Caulfield

Defining the Times

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2000

Alison Turnbull / Layla Curtis / Richard Wright

Conversation

Jan Dibbets / Richard Ross / John Riddy

 

Flashback: 1999

(8 October - 29 November 2015)

Gilbert & George: The Rudimentary Pictures