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June 2017



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

India Unboxed

The Fitzwilliam has two exhibitions marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. This is part of India Unboxed, a shared season of events on the theme of India from the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden.

From Kabul to Kolkata: Highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 3 September
Shiba Gallery (14)

A selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings, ranging in date from the 16th to 19th century. See works produced under the patronage of the Mughal dynasty and other princely rulers, as well as several acquired by early British patrons and collectors in India.
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Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar: Coins of India from antiquity to the present

Until 1 October
Octagon Gallery (10)

Drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s world-class numismatic collection, the exhibition explores the history of India through coins produced from the 4th century BC until recent times.
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Madonnas & Miracles: The holy home in Renaissance Italy

***** Surely the exhibition of the year
The Mail on Sunday

Until 4 June
Adeane (12) & Mellon (13) Galleries

Peer through the keyhole into an Italian Renaissance home and discover a hidden world of religious devotion. This exhibition brings together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings.
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Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 8 April 2018

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

These beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils.
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Victorian ticket for the Lyceum Theatre, London

Matchstick boats

Victorian Life and Leisure

Until 2 July
The Arts of the Near East (33)

Coins, medals and tokens show how everyday life was transformed by the coming of the railways and a consumer revolution in Victorian Britain.
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Lesbos and Syria

Until 31 July
Case 14 in Greece & Rome (21)

To mark the sixth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, poet, classicist and Hellenophile Ruth Padel, joins artist Issam Kourbaj, to present an intervention that explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece.
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Sea to Shore exhibition

pastoral landscape

Sea to Shore: Paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood
Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 27 August
European Pottery Gallery (27)

The third display from Kettle's Yard brings together paintings by Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood that are inspired by the sea and the shore.
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Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Until 10 September
Charrington Print Room (16)

This exhibition showcases a recently acquired complete set of Carl Wilhelm Kolbe’s etchings, after Salomon Gessner’s landscape drawings which capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll. A selection of works by eminent masters from whom Gessner drew inspiration, such as Claude Lorrain, can also be seen.
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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. The sculpture, from the Henry Moore Foundation, sits on the front lawn.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over 130 works of art from the collection of Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi now populate 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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Jean-Léon Gérôme: A certain taste for archaeology

Fri 30 June: 18.45 - 20.15

Following the Museum’s successful bicentenary acquisition of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme, the foremost expert on Gérôme and Musée d’Orsay’s Senior Curator for Sculpture, Edouard Papet, will contextualise this significant 19th century artist and his intimate works.
£12 (£10 concessions/ Friends; includes glass of wine/soft drink)
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Fri 23 June: 10.15 - 12.00

Looking at the most recent Kettle’s Yard installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum, use the joyful paintings of Alfred Wallis to develop your own drawings into a lino print.
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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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Free, admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website.

Idylls and oaks: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe's prints after Gessner

Wed 7 June: 13.15 - 14.00

With Anna Schultz, Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
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Art Speak

Tues 20 June: 13.15 - 13.45

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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Wonderwalls: Ovid’s Metamorphoses in art

Wed 21 June: 13.15 - 14.00

With Professor Emily Gowers, Faculty of Classics.
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Free speech and seditious libel: James Gillray and the crisis of Revolution

Wed 28 June: 13.15 - 14.00

With Tim Clayton, independent scholar and bestselling author.
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ReSource: Draw, cut, print, repeat

Sat 10 June: 11.00 - 13.00
13 - 18 yrs

Inspired by the latest Kettle’s Yard installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum develop your own drawings into a two colour reduction lino print with artist Lucy Mazur.
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MAKE! Draw, print, draw

Sat 10 June: 14.00 - 16.00
11 - 13 yrs

Get inspired by the new Kettle’s Yard installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum and develop your own drawings into a mono print. Session with artist Lucy Mazur.
In partnership with Brookes Cambridge.
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Family First Saturday

Sat 03 June: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of gods and goddesses.
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Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 at the weekend, unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard 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.


Viola recital

Sun 4 June: 13.15 - 14.00

Daniel Palmizio (viola) performs Bach’s unaccompanied Suites 1-3.
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Viola recital

Sun 11 June: 13.15 - 14.00

Daniel Palmizio (viola) returns to perform Bach’s unaccompanied Suites 4-6.
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A Craft Engrained: Wood Engravings by Gwen Raverat and Artists of Today

4 April – 25 June

Watts Contemporary Gallery, Compton, Surrey

A Craft Engrained showcases work by Gwen Raverat — an influential engraver due to her fluid and impressionistic style — and three of today's most eminent wood engravers: Hilary Paynter, Howard Phipps and Anne Desmet RA.
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Wimpole History Festival

7 – 9 July 2017

A new history festival and partnership between Cambridge Literary Festival and the National Trust.

A weekend of history and heritage for the whole family taking place in the beautiful grounds of Wimpole Estate on the outskirts of Cambridge. Highlights include Lucy Worsley, Andrew Marr, David Olusoga, Alison Weir and Chris Patten plus falconry, sword school, living history, re-enactment and food and craft stalls.
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The main entrance is scheduled to reopen in June following scaffolding work in the Founders Building. Keep an eye on our social media sites and website for news on the reopening date.  Follow our conservation blog for details of the ongoing refurbishment of the domed lantern in the Main Entrance Hall.

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

6. Dark Water, Burning World, 2016 © Issam Kourbaj
7. Alfred Wallis, Small boat in a rough sea, c.1936 © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
9. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
10. Vase, favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany
12. Alfred Wallis, Grey steamboat, sailing ship and three fish with teeth, n.d. © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
13. © Martin Bond
15. © Martin Bond
16. © Martin Bond
17. © Martin Bond
18. Image from A Craft Engrained: Wood Engravings by Gwen Raverat and Artists of Today
19. Image from Wimpole History Festival