Cohen’s Asian art comes to Manchester

ART FROM the Chinese, Japanese and Indian parts of Frank Cohen’s collection is set to go on show at Manchester Art Gallery.

Accumulated by one of Britain’s most prolific collectors, the exhibition, entitled Facing East, will showcase sculpture and paintings from some of Asia’s leading artists.

Eleven of Cohen’s favourite Asian pieces will be on display to the public for free from 4 February to 11 April 2010.

“I have waited for this moment for a very long time. I consider Manchester to be my home, and it makes me very proud to be able to show some of my collection at Manchester Art Gallery, which I believe is the best institution in the city. I hope that the visitors enjoy the works as much as I do,” Cohen is quoted by Art Daily as saying.

The collector, who is sometimes referred to as ‘the Saatchi of the North’, has acquired thousands of works from major international artists and Facing East, curated by David Thorp, will feature work from the likes of New Delhi-based Bharti Kher, Indian artist Ravinder Reddy, Chinese sculptor Yue Minjun and Japanese painter Takashi Murakami.

Kher’s life-size elephant who’s skin has been made entirely out of bindis entitled The Skin Speaks A Language Not Its Own (2006) will be featured alongside two of Reddy’s gigantic heads and Minjun’s fibreglass kung-fu figures.

Manchester-born Cohen has amassed a huge collection over a 30-year career and was one of the Turner Prize judges in 2003.

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