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Art Exhibition, from 25 Jan 2020, free entry

Mieke Bal.  Don Quichotte: Sad Countenances

Mieke Bal. Don Quichotte: Sad Countenances


Mieke Bal’s most recent work of video art, a sixteen-channel installation, establishes connections between Cervantes’ seventeenth century novel Don Quijote and concerns of the present world.

The form of the exhibition matches the poetics of the novel. There is no linearity, neither chronological nor spatial. This lack of imposed order leaves visitors free and in charge of composing their own stories. The visual chaos, sonic cacophony, and linguistic confusion reflect the contemporary world. Try to experience this display, where you are close to what happens on the screens, as if you were roaming around in a strange city.

Through being touched by the installation’s form, viewers can learn from it for dealing with their own experiences of the violence contemporary society can generate, their own as well as those hinted at by others in their surroundings. 

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This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday at The Blenheim Walk Gallery.

Opening night: Wednesday 8 January 5-7pm

Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

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Dates Times
Sat 25 Jan 2020 10:00 to 16:00
Mon 27 Jan - Sat 1 Feb 2020 10:00 to 16:00
Mon 3 - Sat 8 Feb 2020 10:00 to 16:00
Mon 10 - Fri 14 Feb 2020 10:00 to 16:00


Free entry

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Map reference: SE 296347  Lat: 53.80845 Long: -1.55178

Arriving by Car: Follow the signs for the City Centre, Leeds General Infirmary and the Universities. The Blenheim Walk building is situated on Blenheim Walk, at the top of Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Parkinson Tower of the University of Leeds.

Arriving by Rail:
The City Centre building is a ten minute walk from Leeds City Station, and Blenheim Walk is a further ten minute walk from there. Taxis are available from the station forecourts.

Arriving by Air: Leeds Bradford International Airport is about eight miles from the city centre. Manchester Airport has regular, direct rail connections to Leeds City Station.

Arriving by Bus: There are buses every five minutes that go past the City Centre and Blenheim Walk buildings that you can catch from the bus station or Quebec Street.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups