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eNews: May 2009

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CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE INSTALLATION NOW OPEN


2009 Fitzwilliam Museum Sculpture Promenade 

The 2009 Fitzwilliam Museum Sculpture Promenade

28 April 2009 - January 2010

From today, visitors to the Museum can walk amongst a unique display of contemporary sculpture on the Fitzwilliam's lawns.

This free open-air installation, selected by the Cambridge sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld and Fitzwilliam Director Timothy Potts, and set against the backdrop of the Museum's historic façade, showcases a selection of recent sculpture by members of the prestigious Royal British Society of Sculptors.

To find out more and see a time-lapse video of the installation, see http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/sculpture2009/

 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: EXHIBITIONS CLOSING THIS MONTH


Kachōfūgetsu: The Natural World in Japanese Prints

Closes 17 May
Woodblock prints and books by Japanese printmakers including Hokusai and Utamaro.

Changing Faces: Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher

Closes 24 May
Rarely-seen portrait etchings by Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)

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

Closes 31 May
Over sixty rarely-seen jades spanning five thousand years.

Changing Faces: Anthony Van Dyck as an Etcher

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

 

TURN THE PAGES: INTERACTIVE UTAMARO GALLERY NOW ONLINE


Kachofugetsu: The Natural World in Japanese Prints

Visitors to The Fitzwilliam Museum's website can now explore virtually the masterworks of Japanese illustration featured in the exhibition Kachōfūgetsu: The Natural World in Japanese Prints, which closes later this month.

This unique online interactive allows you to 'turn the pages' of the nature-themed illustrated books of Kitagawa Utamaro (c.1756-1806) - the 'Insect', 'Shell' and 'Bird' Books -  and study their exquisite detail close-up. User can click the poems for a pop-up translation, or get animated details of the special printing effects employed by Utamaro.

Visit the Online Utamaro Books http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/utamaro/

 

NEW SPECIAL COIN DISPLAY


Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan: Naval Diplomat and Collector

Until 5 July

A display of the little-known coin collection of Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who famously opened up Japan to the West in 1854.

This varied collection spans Ancient Greece to the modern world, and provides a tangible link with this bold and significant historical figure.

See the accompanying virtual exhibition at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/perry/

Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan 

 

 

DISCOVER EGYPT: THE 2009 GLANVILLE SYMPOSIUM AND LECTURE


2009 Glanville Symposium and Lecture 

Please note: both these events take place in the Zoology Lecture Theatre, Department of Zoology, New Museums Site, Cambridge.

2009 Glanville Symposium: 'Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids - New Research in the Memphite Region'

23 May | 10.00-16.00

This series of talks preceding the Glanville Lecture will be given by specialists from around the world, on a range of related subjects.
£35 (£25 concessions), booking essential

2009 Glanville Lecture: 'A City on the Move - Egypt's Capital during the Old Kingdom"

23 May | 17.00

With Dr Jaromir Malek, Editor of the Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Texts and Keeper of the Archive of of the Griffith Institute, University of OxfordThis lecture will be followed by a reception at The Fitzwilliam Museum.
FREE, booking essential

To book tickets, contact . For a full symposium programme and further booking information, visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/dept/ant/ 

 

FREE LUNCHTIME TALKS THIS MONTH


Casts and Cast-Offs: the Story of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Wednesday 6 May | 13.15-13.45
Mary Beard, Professor of Classics

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky: Self-Portrait and Last Portrait of Mother

Wednesday 13 May | 13.15-13.45
David Scrase, Keeper of Paintings, Drawings and Books

Speaking in Whispers: Vuillard and Bonnard

Wednesday 20 May | 13.15-13.45
Julia Tozer, Head of Education

Rites of Passage: Classical Imagery in the Italian Renaissance

Wednesday 27 May | 13.15-13.45
Carrie Vout, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Classics

Diana the Huntress at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

 

EVENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES


To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Events for young people and families

It's Magic!

Tuesday 19 May | 10.00-11.30

For children 18 months - 5 years and their carers: explore work in the collection then make some art of your own to take home.
£3 per child, booking essential

Spring Sculpture

Tuesdays 26 & 28 May | 11.00-13.00

For children aged 8+: Try out different sculpture techniques inspired by our collection and by the first-ever Sculpture Promenade - each session will use different materials.
£4 per session, booking essential

Tell Me a Story

Wednesday 27 May | 10.00-16.00

For families: come and create your own picture stories using the Museum's collection for inspiration.
FREE, no booking required. 

 

EVENTS FOR ADULTS


To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email

Rebuilding Greece and Rome: The Redisplay of the Fitzwilliam's Greek and Roman Collections.

Tuesday 7 May | 10.30-16.30

Join the gallery project team to find out what's happening behind the scenes in the new gallery.
£10 (£5 concessions), booking essential

Drawing Together for Adult Learner's Week

Saturday 9 May | 10.00-16.00

A day of events and activities to promote life-long learning, focusing on how families can learn together.
FREE, no booking required.

Art Speak

Tuesday 12 May | 13.15-13.45

Just turn up and enjoy half an hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Museum's Education team. Meet in the Courtyard Entrance.
FREE, no booking required.

Events for Adults

 

MUSIC IN THE FITZWILLIAM


Enjoy musical recitals in the splendid surroundings of the Museum's galleries
FREE, no booking required

Handel at the Fitzwilliam

Fridays 1 &22 May | 13.15

Harpsichord Recitals of Handel music in the Founder's collection.

Promenade Concerts

Nathalie Decorde & John Marsh - Duo Piano
Sunday 3 May | 13.15

Scott McCarrey - Piano
Sunday 10 May | 13.15

Rachel Godsill - Soprano
Marie-Noelle Kendall - Piano
Sunday 17 May | 13.15

Catherine Myerscough - Violin
Rosie Richardson - Piano
Sunday 24 May | 13.15

Jessica Lawrence-Hares - Mezzo-Soprano
Patrick Hemmerlé

Sunday 31 May | 13.15

 

For full details of all events and exhibitions at the Museum, see

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


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