Legendary Director & Artist David Lynch to take over HOME for MIF19

Manchester International Festival (MIF) and HOME will present My Head is Disconnected – the first major UK exhibition of visual art by legendary film director David Lynch.

By Manchester's Finest | 28 June 2019

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Featuring large-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures, this major exhibition will be a rare and fascinating insight into the mind and work of David Lynch.

The exhibition is part of David Lynch at HOME – a special season of art, film screenings, live concerts and events which marks the first time the gallery, theatre and cinema spaces of HOME have been dedicated to a single artist.

David Lynch has been developing his visual artistic practice for over four decades. Before becoming an internationally renowned filmmaker, he trained as a painter at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has gone on to produce a prolific body of work across painting, sculpture, photography and drawing.

While the visual quality of Lynch’s film work has widely influenced other filmmakers, artists and writers, his own visual art is relatively unknown.

This exhibition will bring together over 60 of Lynch’s works from the late 1960s to the present day, with the majority of works never seen before in the UK.

The exhibition will be presented in four chapters: ‘City on Fire,’ displaying a selection of Lynch’s dystopian landscapes, some over three metres wide; ‘Nothing Here,’ exploring the fragility of the human mind; ‘Industrial Empire,’ featuring works examining industry and labour, inspired by Manchester’s rich industrial heritage; and ‘Bedtime Stories,’ featuring new works evocative of Lynch’s dark narratives and characters.

The takeover includes film screenings, music events, masterclasses and discussions. Lynch collaborator Chrysta Bell will host a series of one-off live shows from Lynch-inspired musicians.

In the cinema, a selection of Lynch’s classic movies and rare short films will be shown alongside films by the directors who have influenced him.

Curated by Sarah Perks and Omar Kholeif with Mary Anne Hobbs and Jason Wood, events are also in association with the David Lynch Foundation UK. This exhibition is commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival and HOME.


My Head is Disconnected by David Lynch

Venue: HOME
Date: Saturday 6th – Sunday 21st July
Cost: FREE

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HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN