Manchester International Festival 2015: Richter and Pärt Pair Up

Manchester International Festival
Written by Terry Gardner

The 4-D art collaboration at the Manchester International Festival 2015 is a great showcase for painter Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Pärt. Check it out here.

terry-gardner-anewdomainaNewDomain — I am about as much an art critic as I am a foodie. With art, I know what I like when I see it. I go weak in the knees for the Impressionist style. With food, I know what I like when I eat it.

But I would not be able to divine all the herbs and skill that created a dish any more than I can pretend to judge art. Sometimes I see and hear art that’s so extraordinary it feels like art in 4D, I must shout about it. That’s how I feel now after experiencing the Gerhard Richter and Arvo Pärt collaboration on display here at Manchester, UK’s The Whitworth Gallery.

Festival organizers commissioned the collaboration between painter Richter and composer Pärt. All the art and music they presented in this exhibit was either inspired by or dedicated to the other.

For the exhibit, Richter created four new paintings. They’re all presented in the gallery with a choir performing an excerpt from Pärt’s Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima, as you can see in my video below.

Although the Vox Clamantis Choir in my video only performed through July 11, local Manchester choirs will finish out the run. The festival wraps up July 19, 2015.

4-D art

If I could have Vox Clamantis accompany me to every art museum, I would become an art fanatic.

Although the Musee d’Orsay needs no accompaniment, I think I’ll see if Vox Clamantis can come with me to the Louvre the next time I visit.

 If you are anywhere in the vicinity of the U.K., get thee to Manchester to the Manchester International Festival 2015.
 For aNewDomain, I’m travel editor Terry Gardner.

All photos and video by Terry Gardner for aNewDomain, except for cover image of Gerhart Richter and Arvo Pärt. Credit:, All Rights Reserved.