Whitworth Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery

Infobox Historic building
name = Whitworth Art Gallery

caption = The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
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latitude = 53.460278
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location_town = Manchester
location_country = United Kingdom
architect = J and J.W. Beaumont
client = The Whitworth Institute and Park
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construction_start_date = 1894
completion_date = 1908
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The Whitworth Art Gallery is an art gallery in Manchester, England, containing about 31,000 items in its collection. The museum is located south of the Manchester University campus, in Whitworth Park.

It was founded by Robert Darbishire with a donation from Sir Joseph Whitworth in 1889, as "The Whitworth Institute and Park".The first building was completed in 1908. [cite
author=Edward Morris
title=Public Art Collections in North-West England: A History and Guide, ISBN 0853235279
publisher=Liverpool University Press
] In 1958 the gallery became part of the University of Manchestercite web|url=http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/history/
title=A Short History of The Whitworth Art Gallery
] .

In October 1995 a Mezzanine Court in the centre of the building was opened. This new gallery, designed chiefly for the display of sculpture, won a RIBA regional award. [cite web |url=http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/documents/press/awmanchester_phpOI2q4e.doc |title=Launch of Architecture Week North West: 16– 25 June |date=June 1, 2006 |accessdate=2008-06-18 |publisher=Arts Council / Architecture Week |format=doc]


The Whitworth has notable collections of watercolours, sculptures, wallpapers and textiles. The gallery focuses on modern artists, and the art collections include works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ford Madox Brown, Eduardo Paolozzi, Francis Bacon, William Blake, David Hockney, L. S. Lowry, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

One of its most famous works is the marble sculpture "Genesis" (1929-1931) by Sir Jacob Epstein.

2003 Theft

On Saturday 26 April 2003, three paintings -- Van Gogh's "The Fortification of Paris with Houses", Picasso's "Poverty" and Gauguin's "Tahitian Landscape" -- were stolen from the gallery.cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/2980319.stm
title = Art masterpieces stolen in raid
accessdate =2008-03-10
author = BBC News
date = 2003-04-28
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] cite video
people = Judith Moritz
date2 = 2003-04-28
title = BBC News 24
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] They were later found rolled up in a by a nearby public toilet and were subsequently put back on display.cite web
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/2981145.stm
title = Stolen paintings can be repaired
accessdate =2008-03-10
author = BBC News
date = 2003-04-28
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External links

* [http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/ The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester]


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