eNews: February 2010

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Newly-redisplayed gallery now open

‘The best collection of antiquities outside London’ – Sunday Times

From sarcophagi and sculpture to figurines and funerary items; from Greek vases and marble carvings to treasures from Hadrian’s palace, and even a Roman ‘Swiss Army knife’. Re-discover the Museum’s ancient treasures in a new light in this beautifully redesigned gallery space.

Read more about the newly redisplayed gallery, and discover what went on behind the scenes with the curator's blog 


Clouds and Myths: Monotypes by Lino Mannocci

9 February - 9 May 2010

This selection of haunting prints by Italian-born artist Lino Mannocci (b. 1945) explores the world of myth and its resonance. Mannocci’s imagery and subjects are rich in association and metaphor, with allusions to sources as diverse as Greek mythology, the work of Ovid, the Old and New Testaments and poetry across the ages.

The Angel and the Virgin: A Brief History of the Annunciation

9 February - 9 May 2010

A display selected from the Museum’s collection by  Lino Mannocci to complement the exhibition Clouds and Myths.

15th-17th century old master prints from the Fitzwilliam’s own collection illuminate the theme of the Annunication – a narrative that inspires much of Mannocci's own work.


Netsuke: Japanese Art in Miniature

23 February – 30 May 2010

An exhibition showcasing many of the finest items from the Fitzwilliam’s collection of netsuke - a form of miniature sculpture originating in 17th-century Japan. These elaborately carved, often tiny items functioned as ‘toggles’ for the silk cords upon which men strung their pipe holders, purses or writing implements.




Explore Chinese culture and tradition at the Fitz this spring, with a special programme of activities on offer as part of Stories of the World - one of the major projects of the London 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Literary Evening with Xinran

Tuesday 9 Februrary | 18.30-20.30
With the Chinese author of The Good Women of China and China Witness.
£8 (£6 concessions), including a glass of wine; booking essential - call 01223 703520

SOURCE: traditional Chinese painting

Saturday 27 February | 10.00-16.30
For art students preparing for art exams: learn Chinese painting techniques with artist-in-residence Chen Hong

Swimming from China to the Islamic World: Fish Designs on Medieval Pottery

Wednesday 24 February | 13.15-14.00
A lunchtime talk with Rebecca Bridgman, Research Assistant for Islamic Pottery

Special Promenade Concert

Sunday 21 February | 13.15-14.00
The Cambridge University Chinese Orchestra perform traditional Chinese music

All events (except the literary evening) are FREE, no booking required


How We Rebuilt Greece & Rome

Tuesday 2 February | 13.15-14.00

How We Conserved Greece & Rome

Tuesday 3 February | 13.15-14.00

Conserving Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure

Thursday 4 February | 13.15-14.00

Lino Mannocci on Clouds and Myths

Wednesday 10 February | 13.15-14.00

The Autograph Letter Collection of Chauncy Hare Townshend

Thursday 18 February | 13.15-14.00

A Line 'Pregnant with Meaning': Sickert and Figure Drawing

Thursday 25 February | 13.15-14.00

All talks are free, no booking required




Tuesday 16 February | 13.15-13.45

Half an hour to spare? Just turn up and enjoy looking at and talking about art, led by members of the Museum's Education team.
FREE, no booking required

Close Encounters with the Greeks (and Romans)

Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 February
14.00 - 16.00 daily

Discover more about the objects on display with members of the Museum's Antiquities team.
FREE, no booking required




One-to-one advice to GCSE and A-Level students preparing for art exams, based in the informal atmosphere of our studio.

16-20 February | daily 10.00-16.30 and

Saturday 13 February | 10.00-16.30
Printmaking with artists and equipment from The Curwen Press, inspired by the collection and the exhibition Clouds and Myths.

Saturday 23 February | 10.00-16.300
A session for young adults with SEN.

Saturday 27 February | 10.00-16.30
With Chen Hong (see above).



Family First Saturdays

Saturday 6 February | 14.00-16.00
Visit the Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect free drawing materials, activities and trails.

Drawing Together

Wednesday 17 February 10.00-12.00
Drop in and draw at the Museum with activities and inspiration available at the Welcome Point.

Twilight at the Museums

Wednesday 17 February | 17.30-19.00
An evening of fun family twilight activities, including a chance to wander the new-look Greek & Roman gallery. Bring a torch!

All events are FREE, no booking required



Enjoy free music recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Sunday Promenade Concerts

Sunday 7 February | 13.15-14.00
Scenes from Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande

Sunday 14 February | 13.15-14.00
Music by Elgar, Mozart and Oliver Rudland

Sunday 21 February | 13.15-14.00
Traditional Chinese Music

Sunday 28 February | 13.15-14.00
Music by Prokofiev and Webern

Lord Fitzwilliam as Performer of Music

Friday 26 February | 13.15-14.00

An introduced harpsichord recital by Dr. Gerald Gifford, Honorary Keeper of Music.

For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk



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