True Faith

Curated by Matthew Higgs, Jon Savage and Johan Kugelberg

Fri 30 June, 2017

Sun 3 September, 2017

  • About the show
  • Reviews

Bringing together work by some of the world’s most notable artists, True Faith explored the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.

Curated by Matthew Higgs and Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith was centred on four decades’ worth of extraordinary contemporary works from artists such as Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, Glenn Brown and Slater B Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups.

The exhibition also featured Peter Saville’s seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos and posters from the likes of John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Raf Simons and Kathryn Bigelow, True Faith provided a unique perspective on these two most iconic and influential Manchester bands.

Co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery.

The exhilarating art and afterlife of Joy Division and New Order…This terrific show is a reminder of how art was at the core of Manchester’s most enigmatic band… True Faith is a terrific, somnolent, and exhilarating exhibition… The absent presence of Curtis is everywhere

The Guardian

Pop to Manchester for an electric show… Proof of the bands’ standing in creative circles is the calibre of artists the show features

The Times

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