do it 2013 – a world premiere for Manchester International Festival

July 5, 2013  -  September 22, 2013

Free Admission

An evolving exhibition, which was created from a series of instructions written by artists, in conjunction with Manchester International Festival 2013.


In 2013, visitors were invited to help make groundbreaking new art by taking part in do it – an evolving exhibition created from a series of instructions written by artists. An eclectic mix of things for you to do at the gallery and at home, the instructions ranged from the active to the absurd to the philosophical.

Initiated by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier 20 years ago, do it has been enacted in 50 different places, making it the widest-reaching and longest running ‘exhibition in progress’ ever to occur.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, and in homage to the original idea, this exhibition premiered 70 brand new instructions. It brought together artists from the first do it experiments with a new generation of contemporary artists from Ai Weiwei and Adrian Piper to Tracey Emin and Richard Wentworth.

do it 2013 was conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. It was produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery, in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI), New York.