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 will comprise 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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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.
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Manchester, M17 1TZ
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Last admission is at 4.30pm