Never before exhibited outside its namesake gallery, The Saatchi Art Opus, weighing in at over 40kg and costing £3,000, will be on display and available to buy at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair

The Saatchi Art Opus is the largest and most comprehensive celebration in book form of the Saatchi Gallery, London and its enviable art collection.

Comprised of 850 pages each measuring half a metre square, The Saatchi Gallery Art Opus chronicles the work exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery over the past two decades including the work of hugely influential artists including; Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Zhang Xiaoghang.

A seminal selection of contemporary art, the Opus will be available to be viewed and purchased at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair, including The Manchester Contemporary, on 12-14 October 2018 at Manchester Central.

Visitors are invited to come and experience contemporary art in this radical new literary format. Opus Media CEO, Karl Fowler, invites art fans to interact with The Saatchi Art Opus and appreciate the craftsmanship of the book’s structure, the images and essays included, and the sheer task of creating such a mammoth collection of art history.

Only 100 copies of the Opus have been created for worldwide release, with seven allocated for sale at Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair.

Speaking on the decision to display The Saatchi Art Opus at the largest art fair outside of London, Fowler said:  “We really wanted to take the Opus beyond London and allow as many people as possible to see it up close.” Fowler continued: “Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair is a prestigious and vibrant art fair with a great history and acclaimed exhibitors, we feel humbled to be able to showcase with the fair in this way.”

Thom Hetherington, CEO of Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair, added: “Over the last eleven years we have sold more than £4m of contemporary art to buyers and collectors across the North, proving that there is a huge and growing collector base within the region.

“We launched the art fair with an auction of exclusive pen and ink works by Damian Hirst, and now in our eleventh year we are providing a platform to celebrate the unprecedent achievements of Charles Saatchi and his eponymous gallery. It feels entirely right to have such seminal names represented at one of the largest and most prestigious art fairs in the country.”

To celebrate the partnership, The Saatchi Gallery and Opus Media are offering visitors of Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair 10% off the price of the Opus. Those who purchase the Opus at the fair will be invited to attend a personal curated tour of The Saatchi Gallery, London with a three course meal and overnight stay in a five-star hotel included.

Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair opens with a VIP Preview at 17:00 on Friday 12 October whilst public days take place on Saturday 13 October from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday 14 October from 10:00 to 17:00.

Weekend tickets are £5 each and VIP preview night tickets are £12. Tickets are available now at manchesterartfair.co.uk