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February 2017



Wed 15 February: 16.30 – 19.30

Wrap up warm, grab a torch and treat the family to a night of unmissable half-term fun as museums and collections across the city offer a range of FREE drop-in events.

The Fitzwilliam will be teaming up with Kettle’s Yard for this year’s Twilight at the Museums. Contemporary light artist Hugo Dalton will be projecting special light displays alongside drama and music in the galleries.
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Twilight 2017 


Free admission. Open: Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 - 17.00. Closed: Mondays

 Houghton's Emperors

 Fishing boat off a jetty in a breeze

Houghton's Emperors: Portraits and power

2 February - 23 April
Octagon Gallery (10)

A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time this winter enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits.
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Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

14 February - 21 May
Shiba Gallery (14)

This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.
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 Being Modern installation

The Dollar: The rise of global currency

Until 26 February
The Arts of the Near East (33)

The dollar is found the world over. It is familiar to us as the money of the United States, but dollars are also the currency of many other nations around the globe. The objects in this display explore the history of one of the world’s most iconic currencies.
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Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 26 March
European Pottery Gallery (27)

This second display from Kettle's Yard brings together for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard on their website.
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 Henry Moore sculpture

 Tiffany vase

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Until November 2017
Front lawn

With Hill Arches, Moore has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This sculpture from the Henry Moore Foundation, will be on the front lawn of the Museum until the end of next year.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the next few months see over 130 pieces of works of art from Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi introduced to the galleries, on long term loan. Pieces on display include the nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet and Art Nouveau Tiffany glass. The pieces can be identified by their special labels.
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 Tours of the museum

Tour of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance through Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501,
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Silver and gold for the emperors

Wed 22 Feb: 14.30 - 16.15

Join Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals, to handle amazing ancient Roman coins of gold, silver and bronze. Plus, take an audio guided tour to find out the stories behind the Roman Emperors in our new exhibition. Free, but booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Tour for the blind


Free, admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. Induction loop available. For more information and locations visit our website.

Queer British Art 1861 – 1967
An exhibition at Tate Britain 

Wed 8 Feb: 13.15 – 14.00
With Dr Clare Barlow, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain
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Houghton Hall: Three centuries of privacy and display

Wed 15 Feb: 13.15 – 14.00
With Dr Andrew Moore, The Attingham Trust
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Mission to China
With reference to the ‘Wedgwood’ vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum

Wed 22 Feb: 13.15 – 14.00
Nixi Cura, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
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Art Speak

Tues 21 Feb: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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 Jane Dixon drawing



 Source pastels


11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 25 Feb: 10.15 - 16.00
Studio (36)
A specially designed programme of practical art workshops and gallery research for students preparing for their art exams, particularly GCSE, A Level and BTEC. Free, but booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Family First Saturday

Sat 4 Feb: 14.00 – 16.00
Drop-in on Saturday for activities and art-making celebrating the Lunar New Year, including a performance by the Chinese Music Ensemble from the University of Hong King in Gallery 3 at 14.15. Free, no booking required.
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Fri 24 Feb: 10.15 – 12.00

Explore how we can interpret modernist paintings in our collection as music. Bring along a CDs of music, share a track from classical to jazz, modernist to blues, and paint in acrylic to imagine these sounds as visual images.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 at the weekend. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited – no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Musicians from the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sat 4 Feb: 14.15
A performance of traditional Chinese music, introduced by the Vice Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
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Music for cello and piano

Sun 5 Feb: 13.15 to 14.00
Jon Fistein (cello) and Alex Reid (cello and piano), perform cello sonatas by Beethoven and Debussy.
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Instrumental award holders for chamber music

Sun 12 Feb: 13.15 to 14.00
Stephanie Childress and Oliver Turvey (violins), Anna Semple (viola) and William Clark-Maxwell (cello) perform Smetana String Quartet No.1 and Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet.
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 Music manuscript

Music for violin and piano

Sun 19 Feb: 13.15 to 14.00
Isabelle Durin (violin) and Maxime Zecchini (violin and piano) perform pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Tchaïkovsky, Moritz Mozkowsky, Edouard Lalo and Georges Bizet.
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Classical songs

Sun 26 Feb: 13.15 to 14.00
Jessica Lawrence-Hares (soprano) and Patrick Hemmerlé (piano) perform songs by Wagner (Wesendonck lieder), Ravel, Debussy and Cambridge composer, David Earl.
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 Music concert



 Daniel Lebhardt

Piano concert with Daniel Lebhardt

Thurs 9 February: 20.00
Old Divinity School, St John's College, Cambridge

Praised for his "power, poetry and formidable technique" by the New York Times, the award winning young Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt will perform the well-loved Six Pieces for piano by Brahms as well as works by Bartok and Rachmaninov.
For more information tel: 01223 748100 or visit Kettle's Yard website. Tickets available on the door.

The Three Bathers by Cezanne

The Right Eyes: Language, Faith, and the Development of Modern Art: Dr Daniel Siedell

Tues 7 March: 18.00 - 19.30
The Function Room, Henriette Raphael Building, Guy’s Campus, King’s College London

Join Daniel Siedell (The King’s College, NYC) at the next meeting of the Sacred Traditions and the Arts Seminar (King’s College London and the Courtauld Institute of Art).
All welcome; free admission; space limited.
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Business Partners 2017

TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Brewin Dolphin and Sotheby’s all lend their support to the museum as 2017 Business Partners, enabling a dynamic calendar of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

1. © Martin Bond
5. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
6. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
11 & 12.  Pastels © hichako (Flickr Creative Commons)
17. Paul Cézanne, The Three Bathers, 1979-82, Petit Palais, Paris