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July 2017



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

Indian coin

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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 Art Noveau medal

Peace and War: 1900-1940

4 July – 29 October
The Arts of the Near East (33)

Between 1900 and 1940 France was at the heart of artistic innovation in Europe, and it gave the world the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. France was also locked into a struggle for supremacy with Germany, in two World Wars. Medals from France and Germany powerfully illustrate this conflict, and the arts of peace.
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Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 8 April 2018
Gallery 34

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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 Boat sculptures

Sea to Shore exhibition

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: 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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pastoral landscape

Henry Moore sculpture

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’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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 Tiffany vase



 Egyptian papyrus of Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead of Ramose: Special viewing of an Egyptian masterpiece

Sat 22 July: 10.00 – 16.30

For one day only, see this papyrus laid out in one long stretch, in a single gallery. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Numbers of visitors will be controlled and viewing will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
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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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 Museum tour

Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Coins from India - Ancient to present

Tue 4 July: 14.30 – 16.15

Join curators and staff from the Fitzwilliam Museum for an exploratory handling session with a selection of beautiful coins from India, and an introductory talk in the exhibition itself.
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 Indian coin



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.

 Indian elephant

Silver, gold and copper for India’s money: Ancient to present

Wed 5 July: 13.15 – 14.00

With Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals
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Elephants and emperors: Elephants in Indian painting and culture

Wed 12 July: 13.15 – 14.00

With Marcus Fraser, Honorary Keeper of Islamic Manuscripts and Miniatures.
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Art Speak

Tues 18 July: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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The Alfred Wallis factor in St Ives art

Wed 19 July: 13.15 – 14.00

With David Wilkinson, author of The Alfred Wallis Factor.
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ReSource: ArtEast

Sat 8 July: 11.00 – 13.00
13-18 yrs

Explore our special exhibition of Indian miniature paintings with artist Caroline Wendling, and make your own set of miniature paintings.
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MAKE! Indian animals in art

Sat 8 July: 14.00 – 16.00
11 - 13 yrs

Discover elephants, tigers and horses in our exhibition of Indian miniature paintings, with artist Caroline Wendling, and create your own set of small paintings.
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Indian man

Family First Saturday

Sat 1 July: 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 Indian miniatures.
Free, no booking required
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Fri 21 July: 10.15 – 12.00

Explore the world of Indian miniatures and create your own Indian inspired painting in gouache.
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 Indian miniature



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.

 Music manuscript

Music for marimba

Sun 16 July

With Jessica Ryckewaert (marimba).
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Music for piano

Sun 23 July

With Andrew Brownell (piano).
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Foyle-Stsura Duo

Sat 29 July

Violin and piano recital.
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 Ivana Gavric

Cambridge Summer Music Festival evening concert

With Ivana Gavrić (piano)

Wed 19 July: 19.30
Gallery 3

Enjoy a programme of piano music including two lyric pieces by Grieg, Schumann's Kreisleriana, Mazurkas and Nocturnes by Chopin, Liszt's Petrarch Sonnets and the whirlwind Rhapsodie Espagnole.

The young virtuoso, Ivana Gavrić, has been hailed as a 'wonderful and sensitive artist', 'electrifying', and a player with a 'beautiful musical personality'.
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Raphael: The Drawings

Until 3 September

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

★★★★★ "Stunning" – The Times

Rediscover the restless imagination of Raphael in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of 120 stunning drawings from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of this Renaissance genius.
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Raphael drawing


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

5. Dark Water, Burning World, 2016 © Issam Kourbaj
6. Alfred Wallis, Small boat in a rough sea, c.1936 © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
8. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
9. Vase, favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany
11. © Martin Bond
19. Image courtesy of the Ashmolean Museum