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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Exhibitions

Houghton’s Emperors: Portraits and power

A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time this winter enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits.

02/02/2017 to 23/04/2017

Free

Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

The sea has been a source of inspiration for artists since the 16th century when it was conceived and popularised by Dutch and Flemish painters such as Hendrick Vroom, Jan Porcellis, the Willem van de Veldes and Ludolf Backhuysen. This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.

14/02/2017 to 21/05/2017

Free

Lunchtime Talks

Mission to China With reference to the ‘Wedgwood’ vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum

With Nixi Cura, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of the Arts of China Consortium.

22/02/2017

13:15 to 14:00

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

Talks and Events

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Silver and gold for the emperors

Join Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals, to handle amazing ancient Roman coins of gold, silver and bronze. Plus, take an audio guided tour to find out the stories behind the Roman Emperors in our new exhibition.

22/02/2017

14:30 to 16:15

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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