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September 2017



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

*NEW* Degas, Caricature and Modernity: Daumier, Gavarni, Keene

12 September 2017 – 4 January 2018
Gallery 14

Edgas Degas (1834-1917) possessed what his friend Walter Sickert (1860-1942) described as ‘a rollicking and somewhat bear-like sense of fun’. This exhibition looks at three caricaturists and satirists whose work Degas admired and collected in large numbers: Honoré Daumier (1808-79), Paul Gavarni (1804-66) and Charles Keene (1823-91).
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 Caricature by Daumier

*NEW* Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin

19 September – 25 February
Gallery 16

Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modelled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint.
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 Degas by Desboutin

pastoral landscape

Indian coin

Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Until 10 September
Gallery 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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Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar: Coins of India from antiquity to the present

Until 1 October

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

Henry Moore sculpture

Peace and War: 1900-1940

Until 29 October
Gallery 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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Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Until November
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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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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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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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. Induction loop available.


“This Noble Repository”: a Fitzwilliam Museum for its third century?

Wed 9 September: 13.15 – 14.00

A talk with Tim Knox, Director and Marlay Curator
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Seeing samplers as stitched documents

Wed 20 September: 13.15 – 14.00

A talk with Carol Humphrey, Honorary Keeper of Textiles
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Art Speak

Tue 26 September: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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The Making of Sense: creating ground-breaking public art commissions

Wed 27 September: 13.15 – 14.00

A talk with artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier creators of In Other Words, situated in Cambridge Assessment’s new Triangle headquarters.
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 Gallery 3



 Portrait of young sisters

ReSource: Featured Faces

Sat 23 September: 11.00 – 13.00
13 - 18 yrs

A special programme for teenagers. Develop your portrait skills with guest artist Lucy Mazur.
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MAKE! Faces and places

Sat 23 September: 14.00 – 16.00
11 - 13 yrs

Get some great tips on how to draw faces with guest artist Lucy Mazur.
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Family First Saturday

Sat 2 September: 14.00 – 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on terrific textiles.
Free, no booking required
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Baby magic

Tue 12 September: 10.00 – 11.00
0 - 2 yrs

This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sound and movement. We will enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.
£3 per child
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 Children with clipboards

It's magic

Wed 13 September: 10.00 – 11.30
2 - 5 yrs

Looking at art can be magical! Listen to stories exploring work in the galleries and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3 per child
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A stitch in time

Saturday 16 September
10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs
13.30 – 15.30 8 – 12 yrs

Join textile artists from Withy Arts for this creative workshop inspired by our Sampled Lives exhibition.
£8 per child
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 Portrait of a lady

MUSE - Degas

Fri 22 September: 10.15 – 12.00

Study portrait faces in the Marcellin Desboutin exhibition, then create your own drypoint etching.
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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.

Kenderdine Consort: at the tomb of the beloved

Sun 24 September
Monteverdi’s Arianna’s Lament directed by Sam Barrett.
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 Music manuscript


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. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
9 & 12. © Martin Bond
10. © Damien Vickers