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January 2013


We hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2013! If you're looking for new things to do we've got lots of special exhibitions and events planned for the year ahead, starting with the below.



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

Prosperity (White) by Caroline Cheng

Calligraphy in four languages by Hermann Zapf

China’s White Gold
Contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen

To 1 April 2013

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Fitzwilliam Museum is showcasing the first major exhibition in this country of more than 80 works created in Jingdezhen by over 50 contemporary ceramicists.

Calligraphy Today

Extended to 17 February 2013

Enjoy the first ever exhibition of the Museum's remarkable collection of contemporary calligraphy acquired in 2008.

Marmolata by Gerhart Frankl

Theme and Variation I, II, III by Peter Randall-Page

Higher Ground: Prints by Gerhart Frankl (1901-65)

To 3 February 2013

A selection of technically inventive prints by Frankl that grew out of sketches made while touring the Alps on his BMW motorbike in 1928. Complemented by works of his contemporaries.

Sculpture Promenade

To March 2013

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



Snow Country:
Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter

To 13 January 2013

Stunning woodblock prints by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, exploring the snow-bound landscapes and winter pastimes of Japan.
View the online exhibition

Japanese Woodcut print by Utagawa Kunisada


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

Extreme Unction by Nicolas Poussin


Sculpture: an illustrated talk

Wed 16 January

Peter Randall Page

Art Speak

Tue 22 January
Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art

Poems after Poussin

Wed 23 January

Dr Karen Brown, Trinity College, Dublin

A landmark acquisition by Nicolas Poussin

Wed 30 January (13.15 & 14.30)

Jane Munro, Senior Assistant Keeper (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)



Friday 25 January: 10.15 - 12.00

Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this adult art workshop.

£5 per workshop. Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email



Girl with clipboard


Family First Saturday

Saturday 5 January: 14.00-16.00

All Ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult)
Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring a variety of themes.

It’s Magic!

Tuesday 29 January: 10.00 – 11.30
Ages 2 – 5 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3 per child. Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email


Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

FREE space may be limited

Vox Cantab ‘American Roots’

20 January

Choral concert of pieces by Tippett, Copland, Lauridsen and Whitacre, directed by Louisa Denby. Elis Reed (piano).

Promenade Concert

27 January

Richard Dowling (tenor) and Rebecca Taylor (piano) perform pieces by Schumann and Strauss.


 Promenade concert

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Image credits

Banner: Qin Xilin, The sound of the sea (detail) © Qin Xilin

1. Caroline Cheng, Prosperity (White) © Caroline Cheng

2. Hermann Zapf, Calligraphy in four languages (detail), 1970. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

3. Gerhart Frankl, Marmolata (detail), 1928
Courtesy of Gerhart Frankl Memorial Trust. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

4. Peter Randall-Page, Theme and Variation I, II, III, 2008. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

5. Utagawa Kunisada, Winter - Shinobazu Pond (detail), 1858. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

6. Nicolas Poussin, Extreme Unction (detail), 1638 - 1640. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. Drawing © joyfulseeker (Flickr Creative Commons)

8. Girl in gallery. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

9. Promenade concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.