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Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge | 14 October 2014 – 25 January 2015
Musée Bourdelle, Paris | 31 March – 12 July 2015
Curated by Jane Munro
Press View: Friday 10 October

Secret lives of the mannequin revealed at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks from collections across the world will be going on display in Cambridge this autumn, as the Fitzwilliam Museum announces the final details of its major 2014 exhibition Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish.

Silent Partners is the first exhibition uncovering the evolution of the artist’s mannequin. It will show how, from being an inconspicuous studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes, the lay figure became the fetishised subject of the artist’s painting, and eventually, in the 20th century, a work of art in its own right.

The exhibition will be travelling on to the Musée Bourdelle, Paris following its run in the UK, and is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book published by Yale University Press.

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