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Welsh Landscape with Sleeping Reaper by John Craxton

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January 2014

 

EXHIBITIONS


Shepherd and Rocks by John Craxton

Installation shot

A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922 - 2009)

Until 21 April 2014

A fresh retrospective on John Craxton - from his beginnings as a young hope of post-war British art, creating dark, meditative images of the natural world, to works of incredible vibrancy, light and colour from his later life in Crete.

This is the first exhibition to explore his whole life; arranged in the Fitzwilliam’s Mellon Gallery it features a carefully chosen selection of over sixty of Craxton's finest pictures illustrating the constant evolution of his painting.

Edmund de Waal
On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam

Until 23 February 2014

Come and experience the visual drama of the intervention that renowned potter and Cambridge graduate, Edmund de Waal, has staged in four interconnected ground-floor galleries of the Museum. The re-curated spaces include two large-scale interventions. In addition, de Waal has selected porcelain items from the Museum’s permanent collections and placed them alongside objects from his residency in China, including poetry, photographs and letters. The exhibition examines the history of white and what it is that fascinates de Waal about porcelain.

The Courtesan Somenosuke by Kitagawa Utamaro

The Courtesan Somenosuke by Kitagawa Utamaro

The night of longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints

Until 12 January 2014

See beautiful Japanese prints depicting lovers from literature and life in this exhibition of 40 prints and books of the Edo and Meiji periods (1600 – 1900). Featuring works by some of the most famous artists of the time, the displays explore how love and desire were presented and accepted in Japanese art. Prints range from chaste expressions of longing, through to prints of lovers during their most intimate moments.

From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain

28 January – 11 May 2014

This exhibition brings together a selection of watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of botanical art. It draws on over 300 years of work by both professional and amateur artists, tracing a history of flower drawing in Britain.

Works on show date from the seventeenth century to present day. See finely executed watercolours by many well-known and influential artists, including Georg Dionusius Ehret, who settled in Britain in 1736, and William Henry Hunt. These are displayed alongside recently acquired pieces by contemporary artists such as Margaret Stones and Rebecca John.

HIGHLIGHT EVENTS


 Extreme Unction by Nicolas Poussin

 

Late Opening

Fri 10 January: open until 20.00

See A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) after hours.
Free

Poussin and Raphael

Tue 28 January: 18.30 – 20.00

Join Professor Paul Joannides from the University of Cambridge for a slide lecture. Includes a reception and an opportunity to view Poussin’s work after the talk.
Free but booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk.

TALKS & DROP-IN EVENTS


Free. Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For our full season of talks and locations visit our website

A personal tour of A world of private mystery: John Craxton, RA (1922-2009)

Wed 8 January: 13.15 & 14.15

With Ian Collins, author of the biography John Craxton.

How to make an Egyptian coffin

Wed 15 January: 13.15 – 14.00

With Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper (Conservation).

Poets in a landscape: The romantic spirit in British art from Blake and Palmer to Craxton

Wed 22 January: 13.15 – 14.00

With Simon Martin, Curator, Writer and Art Historian.

Art Speak

Tue 28 January: 13.15 – 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.

Illuminations on the conservation of manuscript fragments

Wed 29 January: 13.15 – 14.00

With Sibel Ergener, Conservation Intern (Manuscripts & Printed Books).

 

 Coffin of the chief priest of Karnak, Nekht-ef-Mut

 

ADULT COURSES & WORKSHOPS


To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

 Man drawing

 

Sketch: Antiquities

Fri 17 January: 10.15 – 13.00

Enjoy sketching? Join this friendly drawing group inspired by the Fitzwilliam exhibitions and collections, with a different focus every month. Bring your own sketchbook, pencils and ideas or borrow ours. This is not an artist led session.
£5 per session

Adult writing workshop

Sat 18 January: 14.00 – 16.00

Take an afternoon tour of the John Craxton exhibition and enjoy a creative writing workshop in the Education Studio inspired by painting.
£12 (£10 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum)

MUSE: Use paint and mixed media to interpret the Edmund de Waal exhibition

Fri 24 January: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month.
£10 per workshop

EVENTS FOR YOUNG ADULTS


To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

ReSource: Constructionist sculpture inspired by the John Craxton exhibition, with artist Susie Olzak

Sat 11 January: 11.00 – 13.00

Ages 13 – 18

Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and projects based on this month’s theme.
£5 per session

Writing workshop for young people

Sun 19 January: 14.00 – 16.00

Ages 14+

Come and explore our exhibition of John Craxton’s work. Discover more about his development as an artist both through his travels and the influence of other major artists. Then learn how to use writing to express your own creativity.
Free but booking essential

 Pastoral for P.W. by John Craxton

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES


To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

 Edmund de Waal installation

 

Mini Museum

Sat 18 January: 10.30 – 12.30

Ages 8+

Use drawing, writing and sculpture to explore the gallery installations by potter, Edmund de Waal, and arrange your own mini-museum.
£5 per child

It’s Magic!

Tue 28 January: 10.00 – 11.30

Ages 2 - 5

Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3 per child

PROMENADE CONCERTS


Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Admission by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk from 12.00 on the day. Space is limited – no standing room available. For more information and our full concert season click here

Promenade Concert

19 January

Gwen Owen Richer (violin), Jonathan Fistein (cello) and Graeme Mitchison (piano) perform pieces by Mozart and Brahms.

Eboracum Baroque

26 January

Chris Parsons (director/trumpet), Amber Rutterford (soprano) and Tom Nichol (harpsichord) perform pieces by Handel and Campra.

 Promenade concert

 

General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

Header:John Craxton, Welsh Landscape with Sleeping Reaper (detail), 1944-5 © estate of John Craxton

Picture 1: John Craxton, Shepherd and Rocks (detail), 1943 © estate of John Craxton
Picture 8:
John Craxton, Pastoral for P.W. (detail), 1948, Tate Gallery © estate of John Craxton