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.
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.
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.
Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest serving monarch in British history. Coins, medals and banknotes bear witness to the Queen’s remarkable reign, and to the lives and times of George III and Victoria, who both reigned for six decades. The story begins in the Middle Ages with Henry III and Edward III, the longest serving monarchs of medieval England.
Image: Queen Elizabeth II, £5 coin, 50th anniversary of Coronation, 2003