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eNews: February 2009

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OPENING THIS MONTH: VAN DYCK ETCHINGS AND JAPANESE PRINTS


Changing Faces: Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher

Opens 17 February
A superb collection of rarely-seen portrait etchings by Flemish artist Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) goes on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum this month.

Van Dyck's achievements as a painter have overshadowed his contributions to the history of printmaking - yet his portrait etchings, although few in number, are among the most beautiful examples of the technique ever seen. These distinctive portraits of Van Dyck's artistic contemporaries are a testament to his variety and versatility.

Changing Faces 

Kachōfūgetsu: The Natural World in Japanese Prints

Opens 17 February
This choice selection of woodblock prints and books by Japanese printmakers includes beautifully subtle and exquisitely detailed works by Hokusai and Utamaro.

These remarkable visions of nature explore the idea of 'Kachōfūgetsu' - literally meaning 'flower and bird, wind and moon', and used as a term to describe the beauty of the natural world as a whole. The exhibition also features a special virtual display, allowing visitors to 'turn the pages' of Utamaro's superb books of illustration.

Kachofugetsu

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

 

EXCLUSIVE FREE TALK BY CLAIRE TOMALIN


Jude the Obscure
 

Two Cambridge Outsiders: Sydney Cockerell and Thomas Hardy

Wedneday 25 February | 13.15
The award-winning writer and biographer Claire Tomalin will be giving an exclusive free talk in Gallery 3 of The Fitzwilliam Museum to complement the current exhibition 'I Turned it Into a Palace'. This talk will focus on the relationship between Sydney Cockerell, Fitzwilliam Museum Director from 1908 to 1937, and Thomas Hardy, whose manuscript and proofs for Jude the Obscure can be seen in the exhibition. Claire Tomalin is the author of Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man, and her biography of Samuel Pepys won the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year award.
(Please note: space may be limited.)

Find out more: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/latest/article.html

 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: EXHIBITION CLOSING


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

Until 8 February
Picasso's portfolio Dreams and Lies of Franco is an extraordinary document of the artist's political and personal reaction to the Spanish Civil War, lampooning General Franco and expressing Picasso's own anger at the repression and violence of his regime.

Dreams and Lies 

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

 

ALSO SHOWING: EXHIBITIONS TO SEE IN FEBRUARY


The Immortal Stone

The Immortal Stone: Chinese Jades from the Neolithic Period to the 20th Century

Until 31 May
An exquisite selection of rarely-seen jades exploring the immense importance of 'the immortal stone' in China, with over sixty objects spanning five thousand years.

'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


Breughel: It's All in the Detail

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

Behind the Screens at the Museum: What's going on with the Greek and Roman collections

Wednesday 11 February | 13.15
Lucilla Burn, Keeper of Antiquities and Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper, Conservation

Mastering a New Medium: Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher

Wednesday 18 February | 13.15
Elenor Ling, Documentation Assistant (Prints)

Two Cambridge Outsiders: Sydney Cockerell and Thomas Hardy

Wednesday 25 February | 13.15
Claire Tomalin (see above)

Behind the Screens at the Museum

 

EVENTS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES


To book an event,  telephone 01223 332904 or email 

Twilight at the Fitzwilliam

Twilight at the Fitzwilliam

Wednesday 18 February | 17.30-19.00
For all the family: join us for a twilight trail of Ancient Egypt, have a go at drawing in the dark and discover some of the Museum's night-time creatures. Bring a torch!
FREE, no booking required

 

EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE


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14, 17-21 & 28 February | 10.00-16.30
Based in the informal atmosphere of our studio, the Museum's Education team and local artists offer one-to-one advice to students preparing for art exams.
We can help you research your theme by giving you access to the wealth of ideas and inspiration in the work of other artists, offering gallery tours and practical studio support.
FREE, no booking required - just drop in.

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EVENTS FOR ADULTS


To book an event,  telephone 01223 332904 or email 

Courses for adults

Art Speak

Tuesday 10 February | 13.15 - 13.45
Drop in and enjoy an informal half hour of looking at and talking about art - meet in the Courtyard Entrance.
FREE, no booking required.

Calligraphy from Scratch

Saturday 21 February | 10.30-16.00
Spend the day learning the art of calligraphy with scribe Patricia Lovett. All tools and materials provided and your own 'copy book' to take home with you.
£20 (£18 concessions), booking essential

Book now: Designs from Nature

Saturday 7 March| 10.30-16.00
Visit 'I Turned it into a Palace' and design your own decorated page, inspired by artists such as Burne Jones, 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
FREE, no booking required

Handel at the Fitzwilliam

Friday 27 February| 13.15
A harpsichord recital of Handel music in the Founder's collection, performed by Gerald Gifford.

Promenade Concerts

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

Cambridge University Opera Society: Scenes from Eugene Onegin.
Sunday 8 February | 13.15

Marie-Noelle Kendall, Piano
Sunday 15 February | 13.15

The Cavell Quartet
Sunday 22 February | 13.15

Johnny Langridge, Baritone
Sunday 1 March | 13.15


For full details of all events and exhibitions at the Museum, see
www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/


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