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Friday, December 9, 2016

Exhibitions

Celebrating the First 200 Years: The Fitzwilliam Museum 1816 - 2016

Running throughout 2016, this exhibition will explore the Fitzwilliam’s past, present and future. A timeline of the first 200 years will introduce key themes and characters, while displays of objects will show how the collections have developed over two centuries.

04/02/2016 to 30/12/2016

Free

COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts

This exhibition celebrates the Fitzwilliam’s 2016 bicentenary with a stunning display of 150 illuminated manuscripts from its rich collections. They range from the prayerbooks of European royalty and merchants to local treasures like the Macclesfield Psalter, from an alchemical scroll and a duchess’ wedding gift to the ABC of a five-year old princess.

30/07/2016 to 02/01/2017

Free

An Amateur's Passion: Lord Fitzwilliam's print collection

This exhibition looks at what interested Lord Fitzwilliam most in acquiring and ordering his print collection and features examples of his albums, rarely seen in public but offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a late 18th century collector.

09/08/2016 to 29/01/2017

Free

Realisation: Recent works by Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon

This exhibition of beautiful contemporary graphics by two British artists challenges our assumptions of reality and identity.

13/09/2016 to 05/02/2017

Free

Displays

Being Modern: Kettle's Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Works by artists who sought to make a new art responding to the modern world are brought together in this second display from Kettle’s Yard. The display re-unites for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s plans and their collection on their website.

08/04/2016 to 31/03/2017

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

For the next two years a monumental bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, titled Hill Arches, will be on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. Moore is best known for sculptures of the human figure sited in architectural or natural settings, but here he has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This enormous, four-piece sculpture will be sited in front of the Museum, visible to all visitors and those walking down Trumpington Street.

04/05/2016 to 30/11/2017

Free

The Dollar: Rise of a global currency

The dollar is found the world over. It is familiar to us as the money of the United States, but dollars are also the currency of many other nations around the globe. The objects in this display explore the history of one of the world’s most iconic currencies. It traces the story from its origins in 16th century Bohemia and Germany, to its position as the dominant currency in world markets in the 21st century.

11/10/2016 to 26/02/2017

Free

The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. This includes the renowned nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet, a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child, Art Nouveau Tiffany glass, metalwork and ceramics designed by Christopher Dresser and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture...

01/08/2016 to 30/12/2018

Free

Adult Workshops

Christmas crafts

Make a range of cards, gift tags and decorations based on motifs and details from the Museum collection, with seasonal cheer and a sprinkle of museum magic.

09/12/2016

10:30 to 13:00

£15 (£12 concessions/Friends)

Talks and Events

Behind closed doors: A glimpse of the Founder’s Library

Accompanied visits of 20 minutes will be available at 13.00 and 13.30.

Curators and conservators will be on hand to talk about the library, to present a small selection of its treasures, and to outline plans for the future.

09/12/2016

Free

Tour

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturdays, or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group.

05/04/2014 to 05/04/2018

14:30 to 15:30

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