A huge David Lynch exhibition is coming to Manchester in July

15 March 2019

David Lynch: My Head is Disconnected, courtesy of the artist

A large-scale David Lynch retrospective is due to open at Home gallery in Manchester this July. Commissioned as part of Manchester International Festival, the exhibition will be the first major exhibition dedicated to the director, artist, musician and quinoa chef in the UK.

The exhibition, called My Head is Disconnected, has been curated by Home artistic director Sarah Perks, writer and curator Omar Kholeif (previously the senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago), DJ and broadcaster Mary Anne Hobbs and comedian Jason Wood. It will include more than 60 of Lynch’s paintings, drawings and sculptures as well as a special season of art, film screenings and live concerts related to his 50-year output. It’s the first time that Home’s gallery, theatre and cinema spaces will be taken over by a single artist.

The exhibition will be split into four sections. The first, City on Fire, will showcase Lynch’s dystopian landscapes; Nothing Here muses on the fragile mind; Industrial Empire explores labour and industry, in part inspired by Manchester’s history; and Bedtime Stories will bring together new works inspired by quintessential Lynch characters. Lynch himself created a short audio-visual trailer to launch the show.

MIF artistic director John McGrath says, “Although he is primarily known for his film and TV work, Lynch is an artist with an incredible range. It is particularly exciting to be able to showcase that range with the takeover at Home.”

Home director and CEO Dave Moutrey adds, “Many of us are familiar with David Lynch’s unique on-screen vision, whether that’s from classics such as The Elephant Man, cult favourites like Blue Velvet or the surrealist Twin Peaks. In David Lynch at Home, this vision will spill out into our galleries and onto our stage, taking you even deeper into the mind of this masterful, multi-faceted auteur.”

David Lynch released a statement, saying, “I was talking to Auntie Em, and she said there’s no place like Home.”


David Lynch: Bob finds himself in a world for which he had no understanding, courtesy of the artist


David Lynch: Woman with small dead bird, courtesy of the artist and Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles

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