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BBC Wales's Sian Lloyd
"The connections between the art and music are obvious"
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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 16:08 GMT
Pop meets art in manic exhibition
Art worth 40m is on show at the exhibition in Cardiff

The worlds of art and pop music have united for a unique exhibition at the Centre for the Visual Arts in Cardiff.

A Spanish Civil War propaganda poster inspired a chart hit
The gallery has been loaned works by Picasso, Edvard Munch, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol for the exhibition 'Unconvention' which brings together artists, photographers, poets and organisations that have inspired the work of the rock band the Manic Street Preachers.

The show has been put together by London art historian Jeremy Deller who is known for his unusual mixing of art and culture.

Among the exhibits is a propaganda poster from the Spanish Civil War which inspired the Manic's song "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will be Next".


The Manics have inspired a huge number of fans to get into these artists, writers and social movements
Bruce Haines, Exhibition Organiser
Local arts groups, such as Cardiff's Grassroots project, took part with stalls in the gallery highlighting some of their community based work.

The Manic Street Preachers formed in Blackwood in 1991 as a left-leaning rebellious rock band modelled on the Clash and the Sex Pistols.

Their first album 'Generation Terrorists' was released in 1992 although world-wide success did not come until the release of 'Everything Must Go' in four years later, which followed the mysterious disappearance of guitarist Richey James.

The Manics are influenced by art and poetry
The Centre for Visual Arts is the largest gallery in Wales and features 'Fantasmic' - the UK's only hands-on interactive art space.

There are two main exhibition areas - the Underground Gallery and the Street Level Gallery - within a recently converted listed building.

The Unconvention exhibition runs from 20 November until 16 January

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