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Staff pick their top 15 of all things creative & cultural

17.11.2014
Image courtesy of Leo Reynolds
 

Image courtesy of Leo Reynolds

 

The National Theatre (Image courtesy of Rev Stan).
Selected by Jess Thompson, MK Gallery, Client Project Manager
 

The National Theatre (Image courtesy of Rev Stan).

Selected by Jess Thompson, MK Gallery, Client Project Manager

 

Rock Garden, Chandigarh (Image courtesy of Kirk Kittel)
Selected by Clare Wood, MK Gallery, Head of Development
 

Rock Garden, Chandigarh (Image courtesy of Kirk Kittel)

Selected by Clare Wood, MK Gallery, Head of Development

 

Ana Kraš. Image from here
Selected by Aimee Holmes, MK Gallery, Web Coordinator
 

Ana Kraš. Image from here

Selected by Aimee Holmes, MK Gallery, Web Coordinator

 

William Basinski, OFF Festival 2010, image courtesy of Ania Matloch
Selected by Gallery Assistant Jonny Hill

William Basinski, OFF Festival 2010, image courtesy of Ania Matloch

Selected by Gallery Assistant Jonny Hill

Rembrandt van Rjin, Self Portrait as a Young Man, 1628

Rembrandt van Rjin, Self Portrait as a Young Man, 1628

The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (film still)
Selected by Louise Richards, MK Gallery, Finance Manager

The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (film still)

Selected by Louise Richards, MK Gallery, Finance Manager

*AR: Succession
Chosen by Simon Wright, MK Gallery

*AR: Succession

Chosen by Simon Wright, MK Gallery's Curator of Public Programmes

 

Pushwagner: Soft City exhibition preview. Photo: Derek Wales
Selected by Katharine Sorensen, MK Gallery

Pushwagner: Soft City exhibition preview. Photo: Derek Wales

Selected by Katharine Sorensen, MK Gallery's Communication Director

 

Peter Liversidge, Everything is Connected, Wakefield, 2012. Image courtesy of David Jones. Selected by Hannah Gaunt, MK Gallery

Peter Liversidge, Everything is Connected, Wakefield, 2012. Image courtesy of David Jones. Selected by Hannah Gaunt, MK Gallery's Formal Learning Manager

 

States and Spaces, installation view, MK Gallery, 2011. Photo: Andy Keate

States and Spaces, installation view, MK Gallery, 2011. Photo: Andy Keate

Anna Barriball, Untitled, 2008. Curtain fabric, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.
Selected by Veronica Cocca, Gallery Assistant

Anna Barriball, Untitled, 2008. Curtain fabric, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Selected by Veronica Cocca, Gallery Assistant

Lion relief on the Lion Gate at Mycenae (image courtesy of Steven Zucker)
Selected by Marjorie Macintosh

Lion relief on the Lion Gate at Mycenae (image courtesy of Steven Zucker)

Selected by Marjorie Macintosh

Guggenheim Museum. Image courtesy of hom26
Selected by Claire Corrin
 

Guggenheim Museum. Image courtesy of hom26

Selected by Claire Corrin

 

Nasreen Mohamedi
Selected by Anthony Spira

Nasreen Mohamedi

Selected by Anthony Spira

Image courtesy of Leo Reynolds
 
The National Theatre (Image courtesy of Rev Stan).
Selected by Jess Thompson, MK Gallery, Client Project Manager
 
Rock Garden, Chandigarh (Image courtesy of Kirk Kittel)
Selected by Clare Wood, MK Gallery, Head of Development
 
Ana Kraš. Image from here
Selected by Aimee Holmes, MK Gallery, Web Coordinator
 
William Basinski, OFF Festival 2010, image courtesy of Ania Matloch
Selected by Gallery Assistant Jonny Hill
Rembrandt van Rjin, Self Portrait as a Young Man, 1628
The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (film still)
Selected by Louise Richards, MK Gallery, Finance Manager
*AR: Succession
Chosen by Simon Wright, MK Gallery
Pushwagner: Soft City exhibition preview. Photo: Derek Wales
Selected by Katharine Sorensen, MK Gallery
Peter Liversidge, Everything is Connected, Wakefield, 2012. Image courtesy of David Jones. Selected by Hannah Gaunt, MK Gallery
States and Spaces, installation view, MK Gallery, 2011. Photo: Andy Keate
Anna Barriball, Untitled, 2008. Curtain fabric, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.
Selected by Veronica Cocca, Gallery Assistant
Lion relief on the Lion Gate at Mycenae (image courtesy of Steven Zucker)
Selected by Marjorie Macintosh
Guggenheim Museum. Image courtesy of hom26
Selected by Claire Corrin
 
Nasreen Mohamedi
Selected by Anthony Spira

Image courtesy of Leo Reynolds

 

Staff pick their top 15 of all things creative & cultural 

 

To celebrate our 15 for 15 campaign, we have asked MK Gallery staff members to come up with their top 15 list of all things creative and cultural. We’ll be releasing one list per day from now until Tuesday 2 December.

 

15 for 15 is a fundraising campaign to celebrate the 15 years that MK Gallery has been providing world-class exhibitions and events. The campaign is running for 15 days in the run up to #GivingTuesday, an international day of charitable giving, on Tuesday 2 December. Please donate to 15 for 15 to show your support for MK Gallery’s work.

 

We would love to hear the top 15 lists of our audiences and supporters too.

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Tuesday 2 December 2014

 

Our final 15 for 15 list comes from Anthony Spira, MK Gallery's Director, with his top 15 exhibitions of 2014

 

  • Neïl Beloufa: Counting on People, ICA (24 Sep – 16 Nov 2014)
  • Heidi Bucher, Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art (19 Feb - 11 May 2014)
  • Honoré Daumier: Visions of Paris, Royal Academy of Arts (26 Oct - 26 Jan 2014)
  • Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden, Stedelijk Museum (6 Sep 2014 - 4 Jan 2015) 
  • David Hammons, White Cube (3 Oct 2014 – 3 Jan 2015)
  • Andy Holden: Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity 1999-2003 (MI!MS), Spike Island (3 May to 29 Jun 2014)
  • Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, Tate Modern (17 Apr – 7 Sep 2014)
  • Nasreen Mohamedi, Tate Liverpool (6 Jun – 5 Oct 2014)
  • Giovanni Battista Moroni, Royal Academy of Arts (25 Oct 2014 - 25 Jan 2015)
  • Paul Noble: Nobson, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (14 Jun - 21 Sep 2014)
  • Jürgen Partenheimer, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Until 11 Sep 2014)
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, The Morgan Library & Museum (24 Jan - 27 Apr 2014)
  • Jim Shaw: the storyteller, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix: A Retrospective, Jewish Museum (8 Nov 2013 - 23 Mar 2014)
  • Control. Stephen Willats. Work 1962–69, Raven Row (23 Jan to 30 Mar 2014)
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    Monday 1 December 2014

     

    Claire Corrin, MK Gallery's Exhibitions Organiser selects her top 15 galleries with a contemporary art focus.

     

  • Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
  • Camden Arts Centre, London
  • Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
  • Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
  • Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • FACT, The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool
  • Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
  • Guggenheim, New York
  • Punta della Dogana, Venice
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
  • Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
  • Raven Row, London
  • Site Gallery, Sheffield
  • The Exchange, Penzance
  • Turner Contemporary, Margate
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    Sunday 31 November 2014

     

    Marjorie Mackintosh, Volunteer, lists her favourite ancient sculptures

     

  • Seated Statue of Old Kingdom Egyptian King Khephren (4th Dynasty, 26th century BC) in the Cairo Museum
  • Head from a statue of the Middle Kingdom Egyptian King Senusret III (12th Dynasty, 19th century BC) in the Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • Seated Statue of New Kingdom Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut (18th Dynasty, 15th century BC) in Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • Stele of the Babylonian King Hammurabi in the Louvre (18th century BC)
  • Early Cycladic stone figurines in the British Museum, Louvre and elsewhere (mainly 3rd millennium BC)
  • The lion relief on the Lion Gate at Mycenae in Greece (about 1250 BC)
  • The Peplos Kore, standing female figure in the Acropolis Museum, Athens (6th century BC)
  • Charioteer of Delphi in Delphi Museum, Greece (5th century BC)
  • Parthenon frieze reliefs (5th century BC) in British Museum
  • Hermes of Praxiteles (4th century BC) in the Olympia Museum, Greece
  • The Pergamon Altar (2nd century BC) in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • Hittite reliefs at Yazilikaya in Turkey (13th century BC) with copies in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin
  • The Victory Relief of the Sassanian King Shapur I at Naqshi-Rustam in Iran (3rd century AD)
  • The Mithraic Altar from the Capitol in Rome in the Louvre Lens (c. 2nd century AD)
  • The bronze equestrian statue of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Rome (2nd century AD)
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    Saturday 30 November 2014

     

    Veronica Cocca, Gallery Assistant, lists her top 15 textile artworks.


  • Susie MacMurray, Promenade, 2010
  • Susan Collis, Better Days II, 2010
  • Richard Tuttle, Looking for the Map 7, 2013-14
  • Anna Barriball, “Untitled,”, 2008
  • Rowena Dring, Nha Trang Lilly Pond, 2006
  • Arturo Herrera, Before We Leave, 2001
  • Susie MacMurray, Echo, 2006
  • Phyllida Barlow, GIG, Untitled, 2014
  • Jessica Stockholder, untitled, 2009
  • Jessica Stockholder, Vortex in the Play of Theatre with Real Passion, 2000
  • Mike Kelley, Lumpenprole, 1991
  • Richard Tuttle, Looking for the Map 8, 2013-14
  • Sergej Jensen, Untitled, 2009
  • Ciara Phillips, Jacket, 2011
  • Anne Wilson, Topologies, 2007
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    Friday 28 November 2014

     

    Victoria Mayes, Head of Informal Learning at MK Gallery selects her 15 favourite participatory projects

     

  • Speak To The Earth And It Will Tell You, Jeremy Deller, Skulptur Projekte Münster 2007 (due for completion in 2017)
  • Renga Platform, Alec Finlay, 2000 onwards
  • Sanatorium, Pedro Reyes, 2011
  • Tate Scavengers, Joshua Sofaer in collaboration with Stacy Makishi and the Interpretation and Education department of Tate Modern, 2005
  • Interface, Stephen Willats, Offsite Project, 2007, followed by the exhibition Person to Person; People to People, Stephen Willats, 2007
  • what>, a de Kunstbank Project, 2002-2006
  • Beautiful City, Maria Pask, Skulptur Projekte Münster 2007
  • States and Spaces, Project Artworks, 2011
  • Can You See Me Now, Blast Theory, 2001
  • Tasks, Oliver Herring, (2006-ongoing)
  • Here and There, Francoise Dupre, 2003-2011
  • Open Field, Walker Center, 2010-ongoing
  • Lost&Found Present: Graham Hudson and The Centre Of Attention, MK Gallery, 2009/2010
  • Key to the City, Paul Ramírez Jonas, 2010
  • The Parliament of Reality, Olafur Eliasson, 2009
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    Thursday 27 November 2014

     

    Today's 15 for 15 list comes from Jo Trotter, MK Gallery's Facilities Manager & PA to the Director. Jo selects her 15 favourite music videos

     

  • EXPLICIT: Aphex Twin, Windowlicker. Directed by Chris Cunningham 
  • Nirvana, In Bloom. Directed by Kevin Kerslake
  • Kate Bush, Cloudbusting. Directed by Julian Doyle
  • Björk, All is Full of Love. Directed by Chris Cunningham
  • CONTAINS NUDITY: Björk, Pagan Poetry. Directed by Nick Knight
  • Squarepusher, Come on My Selector. Directed by Chris Cunningham
  • Daft Punk, Around the World. Directed by Michel Gondry
  • MIA, Bad Girls. Directed by Romain Gavras
  • EXPLICIT: Beastie Boys, Sabotage. Directed by Spike Jonze
  • Blur, Coffee & TV. Directed by Hammer & Tongs
  • Radiohead, Just. Directed by Jamie Thraves
  • Radiohead, Street Spirit. Directed by Jonathan Glazer
  • Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime. Directed by Toni Basil & David Byrne
  • The Cure, Close to Me. Directed by Tim Pope
  • Tori Amos, A Sorta Fairytale. Directed by Sanji
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    Wednesday 26 November 2014

     

    Hannah Gaunt, MK Gallery's Formal Learning Manager selects her top 15 artworks in the public realm.

     

  • Alec Finlay, The Bee Libraries, Various locations, 2012-2014
  • Anthony Gormley, One & Other, Fourth Plinth Commission, London, 2009
  • Bill Drummond, International Grey, Birmingham, 2014
  • Christian Boltanski, The Whispers, Folkstone, 2008
  • Eric Hattan, To sound sheep or: as sound as a bell, Milton Keynes, 2013
  • Francis Alys, When faith moves mountains, Peru, 2002
  • Jeremy Deller, Procession, Manchester, 2009
  • Katie Paterson, Future Library, Oslo, 2014
  • Martin Creed, Work No.1059 (The Scotsman Steps), Edinburgh, 2011
  • Peter Liversidge, Everything is Connected, Wakefield, 2012
  • Rachel Whiteread, House, London, 1993
  • Rafael Lozano- Hemmer, Underscan, Northampton, 2006
  • Richard Wilson, Turning the place over, Liverpool, 2008
  • Roger Hiorns, Seizure, London and Wakefield, 2008 – 2014
  • Simon Starling, Loft Lift (Stacked), Stockholm, 2013
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    Tuesday 25 November 2014

     

    Today's 15 for 15 list comes from Katharine Sorensen, Communications Director, with her 15 favourite MK Gallery exhibitions

     

  • Gilbert & George: The Rudimentary Pictures (8 Oct 1999 - 9 Jan 2000)
  • Mark Francis: Elements (15 Jan - 12 Mar 2000)
  • Andy Warhol: Cars (8 - 23 Sep 2001)
  • Tony Bevan (2 May - 22 Jun 2003)
  • Giuseppe Penone: The Imprint of Drawing (27 Mar - 9 May 2004)
  • Michael Craig-Martin: Surfacing (24 Sep - 21 Nov 2004)
  • Boyd & Evans: Landmarks (29 Jan - 1 Apr 2005)
  • Phil Collins: yeah…..you, baby you (9 Apr - 25 May 2005)
  • Pae White: In no particular order (19 Nov 2005 - 22 Jan 2006)
  • Pascale Marthine Tayou: Plastik Diagnostik (17 Nov 2007 - 13 Jan 2008)
  • Richard Woods: Flora & Fauna (28 Jun - 21 Sep 2008)
  • James Lee Byars (4 Apr - 21 Jun 2009)
  • Andrew Lord (24 Sep – 28 Nov 2010)
  • Anna Barriball (30 Sep – 27 Nov 2011)
  • Pushwagner: Soft City (28 Jun - 2 Sep 2012)
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    Monday 24 November 2014

     

    Simon Wright, MK Gallery's Curator of Public Programmes, selects his 15 favourite tracks. 

     

  • Shirley Collins and Davy Graham - Hares on the mountain (1964) 
  • Nico - Frozen Warning (1969)  
  • Jandek - Nancy Sings (1982)  
  • Lau Nau - Painovoimaa, valoa (2008)
  • Richard Youngs and Makoto Kawabata - Purple (2001) 
  • Richard Skelton - Seed Memory (2013)
  • Holger Czukay - Fragrance (1981) 
  • Panda Bear - Bros (2007)
  • Schneider TM vd K.P.T Michi.gan - The Light 3000 (2002)
  • ES - Pianokaari (2007)  
  • Frank Bretschneider - The moon is a whole in the sky (2007) 
  • Lee Gamble - Nowhen Hooks (2012)
  • Actress - Hubble (2010) 
  • M.E.S.H - Imperial Sewers (2014) 
  • Raime - The Last Foundry (2012) 
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    Sunday 23 November 2014


    Today's list comes from Louise Richards, MK Gallery's Finance Manager. Louise selects her 15 favourite childhood films.

     

  • Annie (1982)
  • Back to the Future (1985)
  • Calamity Jane (1953)
  • The Goonies (1985)
  • Hocus Pocus (1993)
  • Home Alone (1990)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • The Land Before Time (1988)
  • Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
  • My Girl (1991)
  • Oliver! (1968)
  • The Secret Garden (1993)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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    Saturday 22 November 2014


    Katie Fields, Front of House Coordinator, selects her 15 favourite self-portraits.

     

  • Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940
  • Rembrandt van Rjin, Self Portrait as a Young Man, 1628
  • Félix Nadar, Revolving Self Portrait, 1865
  • Katsushika Hokusai, Self Portrait as an Old Man, 1839
  • Lee Krasner, Self Portrait, 1930
  • Kimiko Yoshida, 33 Painting (Last Samurai Katsumoto). Self-Portrait, 2010
  • Titian, Allegory of Prudence, 1565-1570
  • Leonora Carrington, Self-Portrait (Inn of the Dawn Horse), 1936–1937
  • Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait with Injured Eye, 1972
  • Cindy Sherman, Untitled (#210), 1989
  • Raphael, Self-Portrait, 1504-1506
  • Chuck Close, Self Portrait I, 2009
  • Goya, Self-portrait in the Studio, 1795
  • Sarah Lucas, Self-Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996
  • Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting, 1638-1639
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    Friday 21 November 2014


    Our latest list comes from Gallery Assistant Jonny Hill, who selects his

    15 favourite artists working with sound.

     

  • William Basinski - http://www.mmlxii.com
  • Seth Cluett - http://www.onelonelypixel.org
  • Steven Cornford - http://www.scrawn.co.uk/news.html
  • Robert Curgenven - http://www.recordedfields.net
  • Caroline Devine - http://www.devine.co.uk/linernotes
  • Susan Hiller - http://www.susanhiller.org
  • Philip Jeck - http://www.philipjeck.com
  • Rolf Julius - http://www.estatic.it/content/rolf-julius
  • Christian Marclay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yqM3dAqTzs
  • Mimosa Moize - http://www.mimosamoize.com
  • Katie Paterson - http://www.katiepaterson.org
  • Eliane Radigue - http://www.lovely.com/bios/radigue.html
  • Steve Roden - http://www.inbetweennoise.com
  • Tom White - http://www.tomwhitesound.com/72228/about
  • Miki Yui - http://www.mikiyui.com/
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    Thursday 20 November 2014 

     

    Today's list comes from MK Gallery's Web Coordinator Aimee Holmes, who is sharing her top 15 blogs

     

  • vam.ac.uk/blog
  • thestylerookie.com
  • valleygyal.tumblr.com
  • timesonline.typepad.com
  • madeitandateit.tumblr.com
  • intelligent-----clashing.com
  • eefjedeconinck.blogspot.de
  • emilyhaddenblog.tumblr.com
  • goodpressgallery.tumblr.com
  • fuckyeahbrutalism.tumblr.com
  • blog.freundevonfreunden.com
  • hannahandlandon.blogspot.com
  • anambitiousprojectcollapsing.com
  • anakras.com/category.php?slug=news
  • blogg.djungeltrumman.se/monkinodraw
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    Wednesday 19 November 2014

     

    Today's 15 for 15 list comes from Clare Wood, Head of Development at

    MK Gallery. Clare selects her top 15 museums

     

  • Arkitektur – och designcentrum, Stockholm
  • Baoshan Museum, Baoshan
  • Busy Beaver Button Museum, Chicago and online
  • Chandigarh Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh
  • D-Day Museum, Arromanches
  • Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Park, Xian
  • Mortorrad Museum, Berlin
  • National Rail Museum, Delhi
  • Neuse Museum, Berlin
  • Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
  • Rock Garden, Chandigarh
  • Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna
  • Svensk Form, Stockholm
  • V&A, London
  • Wollaton Hall Museum and Nottingham Industrial Museum, Nottingham
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    Tuesday 18 November 2014

     

    Our first list is from Jess Thompson, MK Gallery’s Client Project Manager, who is sharing her top 15 buildings from around the world. 

     

  • The Barbican Estate – Chamberlain, Powell & Bon (London, UK)
  • The Point  - BDP (Milton Keynes, UK)
  • The National Theatre – Denys Lasdun (London, UK)
  • Trellick Tower - Erno Goldfinger (London, UK)
  • Yancey Tyre Chapel – Rural Studio (Sawyerville, Alabama, USA)
  • Hepworth Gallery – David Chipperfield (Wakefield, UK)
  • Casa da Musica – OMA (Porto, Portugal)
  • Maritime Youth House – PLOT (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Villa Savoye – Le Corbusier (Poissy-sur-Seine, France)
  • Peckham Library – Will Alsop (London, UK)
  • Farnsworth House – Mies van der Rohe (Plano, Illinois, USA)
  • Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate – Neave Brown (London, UK)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art – Marcel Breuer (New York, New York, USA)
  • Lloyd’s Building – Richard Rogers (London, UK)
  • Faculty of Architecture – Alvaro Siza (Porto, Portugal)
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