eNews: September 2008  

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Exhibition of Whistler prints opens this month

Palaces in the Night 

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

Tuesday 23 September - Sunday 18 January 2009
Charrington Print Room

This exhibition from the Fitzwilliam's collection of prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) ranges from the early 'French set' of the 1850s to the late etchings of Brussels and Amsterdam. Whistler's move from crisp realism to atmospheric impressionism is wonderfully demonstrated by his etchings of London and the Thames, which by the late 1870s approach the poetry of his Venetian views, 'when the evening mist clothes the riverside with poetry, as with a veil... and the tall chimneys become campanile, and the warehouses are as palaces in the night'.

Exhibited for the first time will be the spectacular impression of The Doorway, one of two Venetian etchings recently acquired with the help of the Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund. 


Discover Ancient Egypt: Study Day and Glanville Lecture

Study Day: Spotlight on Egyptian Religion

Saturday 20 September | 10.30-16.00

Talks and panel discussion on Egyptian religion and its influence on the culture of Ancient Egypt, with speakers Erik Hornung, John Baines, John Ray and John Tait.

Concludes with the annual Glanville Lecture (see below for details), followed by a reception in the Egyptian galleries.

£35/£25, booking essential: email


Glanville Memorial Lecture 2008:
Mysterious Underworld - The Tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings

Saturday 20 September | 17.00

Speaker: Professor Erik Hornung
Zoology Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Downing Street, Cambridge

FREE but book by email: blb22@cam.ac.uk 

Egypt Study Day


New podcast: learn about the Museum's 20th-century artworks

Modern Art Podcast

'Exploring the Modern Art Collection at The  Fitzwilliam Museum'

The latest podcast from The Fitzwilliam Museum introduces the Fitzwilliam Museum's world-class collection of post-World War II art, exploring works by Larry Rivers, Kenneth Noland and John Hoyland. This episode offers the opportunity to experience highlights of the Museum's modern collection during the current closure of the Adeane and Twentieth-Century galleries (galleries 11-12) to make way for forthcoming exhibitions.


Listen to the podcast: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/onlineresources/podcasts/index.html


Writing Lives: Talks by contemporary authors

Val McDermid at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Friday 12 September | 18.00-21.00

Crime writer Val McDermid discusses her career, looking at her new book A Darker Domain.

£8/£6, from ADC Theatre box office: tel 01223 300085 or www.adcticketing.com

Writing Lives 


Experience a Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Bowl 

'The Art of Living' - Japanese Tea Ceremony

Thursday 25 September | 10.30-12.00 / 14.00-15.30
Join Professor Sohei Fujiyoshi, a Tea Master from the Uasenke School in Japan, and learn the art of the traditional Japanese ceremony.

FREE but booking essential: telephone 01223 332904 or email 


Also at The Fitzwilliam Museum:

Special Display: Japanese Pottery

Wednesday 24 September - Tuesday 30 December
Glaisher Gallery (Gallery 28)

A display of the Museum's finest pieces of 18th to early 20th century Japanese studio pottery relating to the tea ceremony.


Sunday Promenade Concerts return to the Fitzwilliam this month

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


Katy Ambros - Soprano

Sunday 28 September | 13.15

Promenade Concerts 


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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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'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


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Art Speak

Art Speak

Tuesday 9 September | 13.15

An informal half hour of looking at and talking about art - meet in the Courtyard Entrance.

FREE, no booking required.

For full details of all drop-in sessions, visit:





To book, telephone 01223 332904 or email 

It's Magic!

Tuesday 16 September | 10.00-11.30

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.

£3 per child, booking essential

It's Magic!


Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue

Saturday 27 September | 13.00-15.00

For accompanied children aged 5-8: create textile art inspired by shades of blue in the Egyptian collection.

£4 per child, booking essential


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