eNews: August 2008  

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Preview: Exhibitions Coming Soon

From the Land of the Golden Fleece:
Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia

2 October 2008 - 4 January 2009

The only UK showing of a spectacular exhibition of 2000-year-old treasures of gold, silver and bronze excavated from the sanctuaries and tombs of Vani, a rich city of the ancient land of Colchis (now part of the Republic of Georgia) - the home of the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology. The strikingly beautiful finds on display date from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC, and include jewellery, sculpture, pottery and other funerary items, offering a unique insight into one of the least known but most intriguing aspects of classical civilisation.


From the Land of the Golden Fleece


Bordering the Black Sea

Bordering the Black Sea: Greeks, 'Barbarians' and their Coins

2 October 2008 - 4 January 2009

A special display of ancient coins from the Black Sea, enhancing the exhibition From the Land of the Golden Fleece. This exhibition explores the history of the Ancient Greek colonies on the shores of the Black Sea, their interaction with indigenous peoples, and their artistic traditions through the fascinating imagery on coinage from the 6th century BC to the Roman period.


Also opening - 'Palaces in the Night': The Urban Landscape in Whistler's Prints

23 September 2008 - 18 January 2009

An atmospheric collection of cityscapes by the American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), devoted to the city views - including those of Venice, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam - for which he is most acclaimed as a printmaker. This is the second exhibition of the Fitzwilliam's exceptional collection of Whistler's etchings, drypoints and lithographs following last year's popular The Gentle Art.



Also opening - 'Dreams and Lies': Picasso Prints from the Collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum

7 October 2008 - 8 January 2009

This extraordinary portfolio of prints by Pablo Picasso, The Dreams and Lies of Franco, powerfully documents the artist's political and personal reaction to the violence and repression of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The series is also complemented by prints from earlier and later in Picasso's career, including his masterpiece La Minotauromachie.



Note to Visitors: Gallery Refurbishment

The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Greek and Roman and Cypriot galleries (galleries 21 and 22) will close for a major refurbishment on 4 August 2008, to re-open summer/autumn 2009.

The project, which has been supported by a grant from the DCMS/Wolfson Foundation, will vastly enhance visitors’ experience of Greek, Roman and Cypriot culture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, through the redisplay of these internationally significant collections and improved information provision.

Gallery closure 


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'On the Shoulders of Giants': Portraits from the University of Cambridge

'On the Shoulders of Giants'

Ends 28 September 2008
Mellon Gallery (Gallery 13)
Admission FREE

Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1178



Christopher Le Brun: Fifty Etchings 2005

Christopher Le Brun: Fifty Etchings

Ends 28 September 2008
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)
Admission FREE

Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1176


Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round

Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round

Ends 7 September 2008
Octagon Gallery (Gallery 10)
Admission FREE


Find out more: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1167



'The Field Calls Me to Labour': Watercolours of Nineteenth-Century Rural Life by Robert Hills and his Contemporaries

'The Field Calls Me to Labour'

Ends 7 September 2008
Charrington Print Room (Gallery 16)
Admission FREE

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Last in the series: 'Art in the Round' handling session

1 August | 14.00 - 16.00

Join curators and education staff in the Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round exhibition for a hands-on session exploring these fascinating coins.

These sessions are accessible for visitors who are blind or partially-sighted.

FREE, no booking required


A Taste of Art

Tuesday 19 August | 10.00-15.30

For young people aged 15-19: Spend a day sampling the history of art through the Fitzwilliam's collection. Education staff will introduce art from ancient civilisations to the present day in the galleries, and a glance behind the scenes.

With support from the Eridge Trust

FREE, but book


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Animals on the Loose

Animals on the Loose

Wednesday 6 August | 10.30 - 12.00

For accompanied children aged 5+

From the huge lions guarding the museum to Anglo-Saxon creatures the size of your little fingernail, the museum is full of animals. Come on a tour and capture animals in your sketchbooks (sketchbooks provided).

£4 per child, booking essential

All that Glitters

Show Me the Money

Tuesday 12 August | 13.30-15.30

For children aged 8+

The museum has many objects made of precious metals and stones. Get inspired by our collection and exhibition of Anglo-Saxon coins to make embossed metal objects of your own in the studio.

£4 per child, booking essential


Summer Sculpture

Thursday 21 August | 11.00-13.00

For children aged 8+: Try out different sculpture techniques inspired by our collection.

£4 per child, booking essential

Show Me the Money


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