Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War
Discover the artworks and story of Britain’s original rebel artist in the largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis’ work to date.
Marking the 60th anniversary of his death and the centenary of his commission as an official war artist in 1917, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War comprises of more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections.
A radical force in twentieth century British art and literature, Lewis was a brilliant draughtsman, innovative writer and satirist, and leader of Britain’s one and only avant-garde art movement, Vorticism. Spanning from the First World War to the nuclear age, Lewis’ career encompassed the most violent and chaotic period in human history. He was a controversial figure whose ideas, opinions and personality inspired, enticed and repelled in equal measure.
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Last admission to this exhibition is 3.45pm daily.
Wyndham Lewis Audio Tour
You can visit our curator’s selection of paintings and learn more about the life of Wyndham Lewis by using the maps and audio clips on this page.
The Armada, 1937, Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), oil on canvas,. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Founders' Fund, VAG 51.3
©The Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust / Bridgeman Images
Red Portrait (Froanna), 1937, Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957), oil on canvas. Private Collection. Photo Crane Kalman Gallery, London, UK.
© The Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust / Bridgeman Images
Wyndham Lewis and the Modern World
Novelist and Wyndham Lewis fan Will Self, who first discovered Lewis through his unflinching First World War paintings explains why he thinks Lewis would be at home in the present day and why he would even be comfortable with social media.
2 August 2017
In this exclusive performance, agent of chaos Mark E. Smith will respond to Britain’s original rebel artist Wyndham Lewis. The Fall’s formidable frontman will share his personal response to the work of one of the art world's most controversial figures whose ideas, opinions, and personality enticed and repelled in equal measure.
Set in the dramatic Daniel Libeskind designed IWM North, Mark E. Smith will lead a performance of speeches, poems and ramblings driven by roaring live percussion, vintage cassette players and large-scale projections from IWM's archive.
Trafford Wharf Road
Manchester, M17 1TZ
Getting to us
By car - leave the M602 at Junction 3 and follow the signs
By tram - stop at MediaCityUK
By bus - 250 to Village Circle, X50 to IWM North or 50 to MediaCityUK
Open daily from 10am - 5pm
Last admission is at 4.30pm