January 2008: Happy New Year from The Fitzwilliam Museum

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The Fitzwilliam Museum welcomes new Director

The Fitzwilliam Museum welcomes Dr Timothy Potts as its new Director. He succeeds Duncan Robinson who was Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum from 1995.

Dr Potts joins the Museum from the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, where he had been Director since 1998.

Visit: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/latest/article.html



New exhibition from the Fitzwilliam Museum opens this month

Made for Export: Chinese Nineteenth-Century Flower Drawings
29 January - 11 May
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)

A fascinating group of delicate Chinese flower drawings, originally included in the bequest of flower paintings and drawings made to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1973 by the Hon Major Henry Rogers Broughton, 2nd Lord Fairhaven. the drawings appear to have been made for the export market, probably in Guangzhou, and their canvases range from silk to pith paper.

This exhibition is in partnership with China Now, the UK's largest ever festival of Chinese culture.




RSS Feeds now available from The Fitzwilliam Museum

You can now get regular updates from The Fitzwilliam Museum's website by subscribing to our new RSS Feeds.

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For more information, see www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/news/feeds.html




The Gentle Art: Friends and Strangers in Whistler's Prints

Closes THIS WEEKEND: Sunday 13 January
Charrington Print Room (Gallery 16)


As featured in The Times' 'Top Five Galleries' (5.01.08)



Ethiopian Encounters: A British Expedition to Ethiopia in the 1840s

Closes Sunday 20 January
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)







RELATED EVENT: Talk by Dr Bogaletch Gebre at the Cambridge Centre of African Studies to mark Ethiopian Encounters

Monday 21 January 2008 | 17.00-18.00
Centre for African Studies (Mond Building, Free School Lane, Cambridge)

The founder of the Kembatta Women's Self-Help Centre in Ethiopia, winner of the 2005 Council Europe North-South Prize and recipient of France's Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur discusses her pioneering work.


From Reason to Revolution: Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Closes Sunday 27 January
Mellon Gallery (Gallery 13)





Have you missed the exhibition? You can listen to the From Reason to Revolution podcast in which former Director Duncan Robinson gives a 'personal tour' of the exhibition's highlights, available from the Fitzwilliam Museum's website: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html




OPEN TO ALL (space may be limited)

Art in Context


'Birth of the Cool': Larry Rivers and Pop Art
Wednesday 16 January | 13.15-13.45

Julia Tozer, Head of Education
Adeane Gallery

The Greatest Conquerer of All Time: Alexander and his Coinage
Wednesday 23 January | 13.15-13.45

Adrian Popescu, Senior Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals
Seminar Room


The Passing of Time: Claude-Joseph Vernet
Wednesday 30 January | 13.15-13.45

Gill Hart, Outreach and Access Officer
Gallery 4




Art Speak

Art Speak

Tuesday 29 January | 13.15 - 13.45

Simply turn up and enjoy a relaxed half-hour of looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Fitzwilliam Museum's education team.
FREE - no booking required
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance

Head Space

Saturday 19 January | 14.00 - 16.30

Ages 14-21: Drop in to talk about art with like-minded people. Visit the galleries then try out practical ideas in our Studio, with materials and refreshments provided.
FREE, no booking required
Meet in the Courtyard Entrance




It's Magic!

Tuesday 29 January | 10.00-11.20

A chance for pre-school children and their carers to look at some magical art, then have a go at making some of their own in our Education Studio.
FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk



Paper Dragons

Saturday 26 January | 11.00 - 13.00

For children aged 8+: Make a dancing dragon of your own that moves like the river spirit it represents in time to celebrate Chinese New Year.

£4 per child - booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk




Harpsichord recital

'His Lordship's Delight': Harpsichord recital by Gerald Gifford

Friday 25 January 2008 | 13.15-14.00
Admission FREE
Gallery 3

Handel and Handeliana: The first of four introduced harpsichord recitals by Honorary Keeper of Music Dr Gerald Gifford, celebrating some of the Museum's remarkable manuscripts of 18th-century keyboard music.



Sunday Promenade Concerts

These popular recitals in Gallery 3 are FREE - come and listen, or simply enjoy the music as you explore the surrounding galleries.

This month's Promenade Concerts (13.15-14.00):

Sunday 20 January 2008 | Helen and Henry Roche - violin and piano
Music by Moscheles, Chopin and Franck

Sunday 27 January 2008 | Harris String Quartet
Music by Mozart and Mendelsshon


For more information on music at the Fitzwilliam Museum, visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/music/






The Fitzwilliam Museum's Courtyard Café and Shop offers visitors the perfect place to relax after a tour of the Museum's collections. The Courtyard Café has a wide variety of hot and cold food, and provides the ideal venue for a leisurely lunch, a glass of wine or afternoon tea. The adjacent Courtyard Shop contains a varied selection of posters, cards, calendars, books and gifts for all ages, including a range of distinctive jewellery.





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We look forward to welcoming you to The Fitzwilliam Museum soon and hope that you will find your visit inspiring and enjoyable!