eNews: January 2009

Happy New Year from The Fitzwilliam Museum

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OPENING THIS MONTH: JADES SPECIAL DISPLAY

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The Immortal Stone:
Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the 20th century

Opens 27 January 2009

 

Marking the beginning of the Chinese New Year, this exquisite selection of rarely-seen jades offers a fascinating journey through the most significant periods in Chinese history.

This special display draws on the Museum's extraordinarily rich collection, exploring the immense importance of jade in China throughout the centuries and presenting a diverse selection of over sixty objects spanning five thousand years.

Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?1609

 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: EXHIBITION CLOSING

Palaces in the Night: The Urban Landscape in Whistler's Prints

Ends 18 January 2009

 

The coming week offers your last chance to see this remarkable and atmospheric collection of city views by the American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).

These etchings, drypoints and lithographs include his visions of Venice, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, as well as London and the Thames. Exhibited for the first time will be the spectacular impression of The Doorway, one of two Venetian etchings recently acquired with the help of the Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Find out more:

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www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html

 

ALSO SHOWING: EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS NEW YEAR

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Dreams and Lies: Picasso Prints from the Collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 8 February

Picasso's portfolio Dreams and Lies of Franco, an extraordinary document of the artist's political and personal reaction to the Spanish Civil War.

'I Turned it Into a Palace': Sir Sydney Cockerell and The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 17 March

Many of the Museum's most spectacular treasures, including the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter, are brought together for the first time in celebration of the Directorship of Sir Sydney Cockerell from 1908 to 1937.

'This show is full of treasures' **** - The Times

Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/

 

FREE LUNCHTIME TALKS THIS MONTH

Whistler's Doorway

Wednesday 14 January | 13.15-13.45
Craig Hartley, Senior Assistant Keeper (Prints)

The Paintings of Charles Brinsley Marlay

Wednesday 21 January | 13.15-13.45
David Scrase, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Prints

The Immortal Stone: Chinese Jades at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Wednesday 28 January | 13.15-13.45
James Lin, Assistant Keeper, Applied Arts

Breughel: It's All in the Detail

Wednesday 4 February | 13.15-13.45
Gill Hart, Outreach and Access Officer

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EVENTS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

To book an event,  telephone 01223 332 904 or email 

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Telling Tales with Words & Pictures

Sunday 17 January

Accompanied children 5-8: 11.00-13.00
Children 8+:                     14.00-16.00

Create your own designs inspired by the exhibition 'I turned it into a palace'.

£4 per child, but booking essential

It's Magic!

Tuesday 27 January | 10.00-11.30

For pre-school children and their carers: learn about magical art, then make some of your own!

£3 per child, booking essential

 

EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

To book an event,  telephone 01223 332 904 or email 

Surface Printing for Beginners

Saturday 10 January | 13.30-15.30

For ages 14+: Visit the exhibition Dreams and Lies with Cambridge-based master printmaker Kip Gresham, find out about contemporary print making and make your own woodcut.

£8 concessions, booking essential

Verve

Saturday 24 January | 18.00-20.30

Late night opening of the Museum exclusively for young adults aged 14+ with an evening of entertainment planned by young adults - includes live music and street poetry, drop-in events around the galleries, and practical art workshops in the studio.

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 FREE, no booking required

 

EVENTS FOR ADULTS

To book an event,  telephone 01223 332 904 or email 

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Surface Printing for Beginners

Saturday 10 January | 10.30-12.30

As above in Events for Young People (adults' session).

£10 (£8 concessions), booking essential

Art Speak

Tuesday 13 January | 13.15 - 13.45

An informal half hour of looking at and talking about art - just drop in and meet in the Courtyard Entrance.

FREE, no booking required.

Ancient and Modern Techniques for Laying Transfer Gold

Tuesday 20 January | 10.30-16.00

Try your hand at gilding in this workshop for beginners with calligrapher Penny Price.

£20 (£18 concessions), booking essential

 

MUSIC AT THE FITZWILLIAM

Enjoy music recitals in the splendid surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Handel at the Fitzwilliam

Friday 23 January | 13.15

A harpsichord recital of Handel music in the Founder's collection, performed by Gerald Gifford.

FREE, no booking required

Songs Through the Centuries

Friday 30 January | 13.15

Lute, guitar and voice - performed by James Eisner

Promenade Concerts

The Chatto Quartet
Sunday 18 January | 13.15

Emma Harper, Soprano & Anna Bull, Piano
Sunday 25 January | 13.15

Alison Crum, Viola, Mary Pells, Bass Viol & Roy Marks, Lute
Sunday 1 February | 13.15

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