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April 2012

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Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

3 April to 7 October 2012

See some of the Fitzwilliam's most spectacular prints from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

Designed to Impress gives an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the prints collection.

The exhibition includes works by two of the greatest Old Master printmakers, Rembrandt and Dürer, as well as prints by later artists such as Degas, Whistler and Picasso.



Coming up next month don't miss The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China (opening 5 May 2012). 

Part of the London 2012 Festival, this is the largest exhibition of ancient Chinese royal treasures ever to travel outside China.

Featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and earthenware, discover the secrets of ancient China’s 2000 year old royal tombs. 

Enjoy an exclusive preview of the show in the May e-news.



For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website.




To 23 September 2012

'Edgelands' is that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside. See prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy exploring the urban edge.

2012 Sculpture Promenade

To January 2013

See incredible monumental and intricate sculptures by three internationally renowned contemporary sculptors; Helaine Blumenfeld, Peter Randall-Page and Kan Yasuda.



Lunchtime talks take place at 13.15, for more information and locations visit our website.

Out of place

Wed 18 April

Exploring themes of the Edgelands exhibition, with Craig Hartley, Senior Assistant Keeper (Prints)

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China

Wed 25 April

An introduction to the forthcoming exhibition by the curator James Lin, Senior Assistant Keeper of Applied Arts




To book an event tel: 01223 332904 or email:


Family First Saturday

Sat 7 April | 14.00 – 16.00

All Ages

Free drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.

Dances with clay

Wed 11 April

Ages 5-8: 10.30 – 11.30
Ages 8+: 13.00 – 14.00

A clay workshop using mythical creatures and beautiful dancing figures from our permanent collection as inspiration.
£5 per child. Booking essential.

Tales of kings and empires

Fri 13 April

Ages 5-8: 10.30 – 11.30
Ages 8+: 13.00 – 14.00

Enjoy tales of mighty rulers, warrior kings and powerful armies from Ancient Egypt and closer to home. FREE but booking essential.


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

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

The Cosima Piano Quintet

Sun 29 April

Mozart, Korngold



To book an event:

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Image credits

Banner: Christoffel Jegher (1596-1652/3), after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Hercules killing the Hydra (detail), c.1630

1. James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), The Doorway (detail), 1879-80

2. Gold belt plaque (detail), Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province

3. George Shaw (born 1966), Twelve Short Walks 5 (detail), 2005 © George Shaw and Paragon Press. Acquired with the help of the Art Fund

4. The Space Within (2011), Helaine Blumenfeld, image © The Fitzwilliam Museum

5. Pottery musician, Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province

All other images © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge