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September - December 2012

What’s On

Exhibitions and events

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Autumn 2012 programme of events

This Autumn the Fitzwilliam Museum continues its exciting exhibitions programme. We look forward to the opening of three new shows: Calligraphy Today, Snow Country: Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter, and Higher Ground: Prints by Gerhart Frankl (1901-65).

Thanks to H.M. Government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme, the Museum now has an exciting opportunity to acquire the Poussin masterpiece Extreme Unction (‘Final Anointing’, c.1638 – 40), for a small fraction of its agreed value. Poussin was the greatest French painter of the 17th Century. Long seen by critics as the finest of Poussin’s first series of Seven Sacraments, it was created in Rome for renowned scholar and connoisseur Cassiano dal Pozzo. It has been in Britain for well over two centuries, and we are determined to keep it here, providing access for all. The painting will be hanging in Gallery 3 in early September, and you are urged to give generously to aid us in our Public Appeal. See pages 10 – 11 for more details.

September, October and November also bring your last chances to see some of our current exhibitions before they close (see pages 4 - 8). The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China has achieved universal critical and popular acclaim, and we are delighted that visitor numbers have far exceeded our expectations. This exhibition closes 11 November. A re-display of the European pottery gallery enables you to enjoy ceramics by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and other contemporary artists up until early December. Look out for the spectacular new piece by Merete Rasmussen Blue Twisted Form.

Cover image: Hermann Zapf, Calligraphy in four languages, before 2004 (detail), silkscreen print on genuine gold leaf, on the same material as the original, with tempera colour All images © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, unless otherwise stated



Calligraphy Today 10 November 2012 - 13 January 2013 Armoury (31) Enjoy the first ever exhibition of the Museum’s remarkable collection of contemporary calligraphy acquired in 2008. The wide range of media — paper, parchment, papyrus, glass, ceramics, stone and woodcarving — showcases the work of leading British and foreign artists. Their eclectic styles and experimental techniques celebrate the dynamic relationship between heritage crafts and contemporary art, combining tradition with innovation. Inspired by the rich histories and contemporary cultures of Europe, the Middle East, China and Japan, the exhibits embrace themes as diverse as science and literature, ecology and politics. For complementary events see pages 15, 16 & 19. Events generously supported by:

Jean Larcher, Calligraphy is alive and well, 2001 (detail), ruling pen and gouache on Canson Mi Teintes paper Celia Kilner, Deep peace of the quiet earth to you, 1999-2000 (detail), letters embossed into layers of hand-made paper Gemma Black, Alpha and Omega, 2007 (detail), brause nibs, balsa wood, Korean stick ink, gouache, gold lead and metal stylus Pat Chaloner, Calligraphic doodles, 2007 (detail), engraved Dartington glass tumbler, skin applied to glass, design drawn free-hand and cut out with scalpel, grit blasted


Exhibitions Snow Country Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter 2 October 2012 -13 January 2013 Shiba Gallery (14) Japanese artists have long responded to the beauty of a world changed by frozen forms and stilled by a blanket of white snow. This selection of prints by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige includes stories from poetry and myth, with journeys, ambushes and skirmishes in the snow; children throwing snowballs and building snow-rabbits; the everyday struggle of travellers making their way through snowdrifts; the stillness of people indoors gazing out at the unbroken spell of freshly fallen snow; and the almost abstract world of a pure snowy landscape where people play little part. All works in the exhibition are from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection. For complementary events see pages 17 & 18.

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Mount Yuka in Bizen Province, 1858 (detail), colour print from woodblocks Utagawa Kuniteru (active 1830-60), Rolling a snow ball, c.1840 (detail), colour print from woodblocks Utagawa Kuniyasu (1794-1832), The kabuki actors Segawa KikunojŌ V and BandŌ MitsugorŌ III, 1858 (detail), colour print from woodblocks, with blind embossing and white pigment spattered by hand for the snow Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Winter - Shinobazu Pond, 1858 (detail), colour print from woodblocks


Exhibitions Higher Ground Prints by Gerhart Frankl (1901-65) 16 October - 30 December Charrington Print Room (16) Born in Vienna, Gerhart Frankl became part of a group of artists who reacted against the Expressionism of Kokoschka, Schiele and Klimt in the 1920s. Frankl loved to travel, and many of his prints depict views that he sketched while touring the Alps on his BMW motorbike in 1928. They show his concern to portray structure, space and light with an inventive combination of printmaking techniques. Frankl escaped the persecution of Jews by the Nazi regime by emigrating to England in 1938. The exhibition includes Viennese prints by other emigrĂŠs who settled in England, such as Oskar Kokoschka and Georg Ehrlich.

Gerhart Frankl (1901-65), Marmolata, 1928 (detail), drypoint Gerhart Frankl (1901-65), Self portrait III, 1928 (detail), drypoint Courtesy of Gerhart Frankl Memorial Trust. Photo Š The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


Exhibitions Sculpture Promenade

Photo Vote Shoot it, share it, tweet it!

to March 2013 Museum Lawns Artists featured in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s third Sculpture Promenade are Cambridge based sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, British sculptor Peter Randall-Page and Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda. All three artists worked in the renowned sculpture centre of Pietrasanta, Italy, with the famous local Carrara marble. People are encouraged to interact with the pieces, as all three artists created their works with the aim of viewers being able to experience them as much through touch as visually.

Vote with your camera and let us know your favourite outdoor artwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum's Sculpture Promenade by taking a picture of your family/friends interacting with it. Share on Twitter and watch the live stream #fitzsculptureprom to discover the people’s choice! Please include the following tags in your tweet - feel free to edit the text in brackets: @FitzMuseum_UK [having fun at] #fitzsculptureprom

See page 9 for complementary events. Exhibition supported by: Paul & Louise Cooke Endowment The Marlay Group The Monument Trust

We will announce the public's favourite sculpture on 5th December and a selection of the most interesting photos will be featured on the Fitzwilliam Museum's website.



Last Chance to See The Search for Immortality Tomb Treasures of Han China

Ceramic Art, Craft and Tales from Medieval Cyprus

to 11 November Mellon (13) + Galleries (10-12) The largest and most important exhibition of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China. In the first exhibition of its kind, this show relates the story of the quest for immortality and struggle for imperial power in ancient China’s Han Dynasty. Featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics, it includes the unprecedented loan of two royal jade suits and the finest surviving example of a jade coffin. This Cambridge showing will provide the only opportunity to see these rare artefacts before they return to their museums in China.

The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China has been made possible through the generous permission of China’s State Administration for Cultural Heritage, Art Exhibitions China, Xuzhou Museum and the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue Kings. The exhibition is part of the London 2012 Festival. For complementary events see pages 14, 17 & 18.

Major support for the exhibition has been provided by

to 23 September Cyprus Gallery (Room 22) An exhibition of brilliantly coloured ceramics from Medieval Cyprus, together with related items from the Fitzwilliam Museum's own collection. The exhibition is held in honour of the late Mr Constantine Leventis and includes more than fifty cups and bowls from the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia. For complementary events see pages 16 & 18. Dish (detail), brown and green Incisedsgraffito Ware © The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia

With additional support from:

The Monument Trust and a consortium of Cambridge businesses 7

Earthenware dancer (detail) © Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province

Exhibitions Last Chance to See Edgelands Prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

to 23 September Shiba Gallery (14)

to 7 October Charrington Print Room (16)

Edgelands has been defined as that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside, lingering on the urban edge. George Shaw’s series, Twelve Short Walks (2005), is drawn from revisited scenes of his childhood on the Tile Hill council estate in the suburbs of Coventry. Michael Landy’s Nourishment, 2002, features life-sized images of weeds, or ‘street-flowers’ —the overlooked and neglected vegetation of edgelands.

A selection of the Museum’s most spectacular prints not normally on public display. Masterpieces by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt and Dürer, hang alongside prints by later artists such as Degas, Whistler and Picasso.

George Shaw (born 1966), Twelve Short Walks 5, 2005 (detail), etching © George Shaw and Paragon Press. Acquired with the help of the Art Fund.

Christoffel Jegher (1596-1652/3), after Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Hercules killing the Hydra, c.1630 (detail)


Lunchtime Talks

Enjoy a variety of free lunchtime talks by members of staff and guest speakers. Talks take place from 13.15 – 14.00 in the Seminar Room (space may be limited), unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, available from the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

Wednesday 5 September

Wednesday 10 October

Wednesday 7 November

Out of place

White and whiter

Silk gloves and mangoes

Exploring themes of the Edgelands exhibition.

Exploring themes of the Japanese Snow Country exhibition.

What the well-to-do bought in London, 1765-1785.

Craig Hartley, Senior Assistant Keeper (Prints)

Craig Hartley, Senior Assistant Keeper (Prints)

Wednesday 19 September

Wednesday 21 November

A biblical masterpiece of storytelling and its interpretation

Wednesday 17 October

Joseph scenes on 16thcentury Limoges enamel plates.

Helaine Blumenfeld

Julia Poole, former Keeper of Applied Arts

Wednesday 26 September

Elenor Ling, Research Assistant for Paintings, Drawings & Prints

Sculpture: an illustrated talk Saturday 27 October 13.15 & 15.15

Vision and dreams in painting

Tools and materials of the Medieval scribe A talk and demonstration with quills, parchment, gold leaf and egg tempera. Patricia Lovett

Wednesday 5 December

The making of the Metz Pontifical

The works of Kan Yasuda

Dr Nina Lübbren, Anglia Ruskin University

Peter Murray, Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wednesday 31 October

Wednesday 3 October

Sculpture: an illustrated talk

Trouble with termites

Peter Randall-Page

Wednesday 12 December

The conservation of painted wood coffins at Amarna, Egypt.

Thursday 1 November: 13.15 & 15.00

William Nicholson’s The girl with a tattered glove

John Donne’s metaphysical portrait

Julia Tozer, former Head of Education Gallery I

Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper (Conservation)

Spike Bucklow, Hamilton Kerr Institute 9

Unlocking the secrets of medieval manuscript production. Penny Price

The Fitzwilliam Museum strives to save a national treasure

The Fitzwilliam Museum has announced the launch of a Public Appeal to acquire Nicolas Poussin’s masterpiece Extreme Unction (c.1638-40). The painting, the value of which has been agreed at £14m, has been made available to the Fitzwilliam Museum for just under £3.9m, thanks to H.M. Government’s Acceptance-in-Lieu scheme. Thus far, nearly 10% of this target has been pledged, and the Museum and the Art Fund have begun a joint campaign to raise the rest of the money. One of the surviving Seven Sacraments painted in Rome for the renowned scholar and connoisseur Cassiano dal Pozzo, Extreme Unction (‘Final Anointing’) has long been considered by critics to be the finest work from one of the most remarkable series of paintings ever conceived. It depicts a dying man being anointed with oil in accordance with the

rites of the early Church. The painting is of critical importance to the study of western art. Poussin’s work has influenced many great painters from David and Ingres to Cézanne and even Picasso, and continues to inspire artists to this day.

Extreme Unction is currently owned by The 11th Duke of Rutland’s 2000 Settlement. As a result of the sale in 2011 for £15m of Poussin’s Ordination to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Trustees incurred inheritance tax. To pay for this the Trustees have offered Extreme Unction through H.M. Government’s Acceptance-in-Lieu system, with a condition that it be allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum. As the painting’s value is greater than the tax which arises from the sale of Ordination, a net payment is due to the Trustees from the Fitzwilliam of £3,875,917 if the acquisition is to proceed. The Fitzwilliam has 10

only until early November 2012 to raise the necessary funds to acquire the painting. This would be the most significant old master painting acquired by the Museum in nearly a century and would transform our representation of French art and of the classical tradition through a masterpiece by the greatest French painter of the seventeenth-century. It is a “destination painting” that will both benefit from the context of our great European collections and add greatly to the experience and programmes that we can offer the public. It will be a uniquely rich resource for teaching at all levels, drawing as it does in style and subject matter from ancient Roman art, the rituals of the early Christian church, and Poussin’s own artistic grounding in France and Rome. A national and international treasure, it would be very much at home at the Fitzwilliam, and

we are delighted that the Art Fund has joined with us in seeking to acquire it for Cambridge. In early September, Extreme Unction will be on display in Gallery 3 at the Museum for all to see. The Fitzwilliam also has ambitious plans to create wide-ranging public programmes around the themes of the painting, for a wide public of all ages and backgrounds.

How to help us The Museum is appealing to all of its supporters to help in raising funds, including the Friends of the Fitzwilliam. The Museum has also applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund and together with the Art Fund will approach various other charitable institutions to contribute to the Appeal. Organisations should contact Development Officer Sue Rhodes at the Museum directly on 01223 332939; individuals can send a contribution in the form of a cheque made payable to the ‘Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust’ to: The Development Office, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB, or give online at:

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) Extreme Unction, 1638 - 1640 Oil on canvas


FREE drop-in events at a glance SEPTEMBER 1 Sat

Drop-In Family First Saturday

14.00 – 16.00


5 Wed Talk

Out of place

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

11 Tue

Art Speak


Courtyard Entrance


19 Wed Talk

Enamel plates

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

23 Sun

Bach, Mozart, Brahms


Gallery 3


26 Wed Talk

The works of Kan Yasuda

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

30 Sun

Schumann, Rachmaninov


Gallery 3


OCTOBER 3 Wed Talk 6 Sat

Trouble with termites

Drop-In Family First Saturday

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

14.00 – 16.00


7 Sun


Debussy, Cage, Dhomi, Liszt 13.15

Gallery 3

9 Tue


Art Speak

Courtyard Entrance


10 Wed Talk

White and whiter

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

14 Sun

Delius, Debussy


Gallery 3


17 Wed Talk

Helaine Blumenfeld

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

21 Sun

Beethoven, Arnold


Gallery 3


27 Wed Talk

Vision & dreams in painting

13.15 & 15.15

Seminar Room

28 Sun

Chopin, Liszt, Mayerl


Gallery 3


31 Wed Talk

Peter Randall-Page

Drop-In The Big Draw on Tour!


13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

14.00 – 16.00

Courtyard Entrance

NOVEMBER 1 Wed Talk 3 Sat

John Donne’s portrait

Drop-In Family First Saturday

13.15 & 15.00

Seminar Room

14.00 – 16.00


4 Sun Music Purcell, Charpentier, Monteverdi 13.15

Gallery 3

7 Wed Talk

Silk gloves and mangoes

13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room

11 Sun

Amirov, Prokofiev


Gallery 3



13 Tue


Art Speak

18 Sun


Purcell, Blow, Handel, Stanley 13.15

21 Wed Talk

The Medieval scribe

25 Sun

Brahms, Chopin, Bach, Ravel 13.15


13.15 – 14.00

Courtyard Entrance Gallery 3 Seminar Room Gallery 3


Drop-In Family First Saturday

14.00 – 16.00


4 Tue



Courtyard Entrance

5 Wed Talk 8 Tue

Art Speak Metz Pontifical

Drop-In Never tried Calligraphy?

12 Wed Talk

The girl with a tattered glove


13.15 – 14.00

Seminar Room


Courtyard Entrance

13.15 – 14.00

Gallery I

Special Events

Booking Essential For further information and to book tel: 01223 332904 or email: unless otherwise stated

Monday 10 September 18.00 tbc on booking

Saturday 29 September 15.00 • Ages 14+

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse Special screening

New poetry

Enjoy a special screening of the House of Flying Daggers (directed by Yimou Zhang, 2004) followed by a documentary/fiction film produced by young filmmakers (aged 14-18), inspired by The Search for Immortality exhibition. Tickets available one week before screening. To book contact Cambridge Arts Picturehouse on 0871 902 5720 or visit: For enquiries email: A Cambridgeshire Film Consortium Jump Cuts event in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi is widely regarded as one of the leading African poets writing in Arabic. Famous in his native Sudan, his readings with the Poetry Translation Centre have received an enthusiastic response from audiences in the UK. Poet in residence at The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Saddiq has been commissioned to write a series of poems in response to their collection of Sudanese artefacts. He will be joined by Sarah Maguire, Director of The Poetry Translation Centre, who will read her translations of his work. FREE but booking essential


Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 October 10.00 - 17.00 Newnham College

Life and afterlife in Han China This conference, organised in conjunction with The Search for Immortality exhibition, brings together over fifteen leading sinologists and art historians from the UK, the US, continental Europe, as well as mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Over the course of two days, scholars will present and discuss papers under four themes: Daily Life in Han Society; Contacts with the Outside World; Preparing for the Afterlife; and Searching for Eternity. £30 (£20 concession, £10 student)

Special Events

Saturday 6 October 11.00 - 13.00

Thursday 8 November 17.30 - 19.00

Saturday 10 November 10.15 - 17.00

Jamaican music and dance

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge Not praising, burying

Calligraphy Today: the manuscript lectures

Join us for the premiere of two short documentary films on ‘Jonkonnu’ (the traditional Jamaican masquerade celebration) and ‘Sound Systems’. With a chance to talk to the filmmaker Andrew C. Ife-Oni. FREE but booking essential

DROP-IN Tuesdays 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 4 December: 13.15

Learn about a collaborative event that brought together a range of academics, artists and members of the public to understand red and black figure pottery, from ancient Greece, in the light of recent scholarship. Listen to archaeologist Prof David Gill, artist Alana Jelinek and other workshop attendees, describe the inter-disciplinary event and its relationship to archaeology, art, knowledge and scholarship. FREE but booking essential

This study day includes lectures by calligraphy experts, a behindthe-scenes viewing of Medieval and Renaissance calligraphy and illumination, and the opportunity to attend the private view of the Calligraphy Today exhibition. Sponsored by the Manuscript Pen Company. £26 For booking and enquiries please email

Stephen Glanville Memorial Lecture Annual lecture, on an Egyptological theme.

Art Speak

For more information visit: http://www.fitzmuseum. news/

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. Meet at Courtyard Entrance.


Adult Courses & Workshops

Booking Essential

Fridays 7 September, 26 October, 23 November & 14 December 10.00 - 12.00

MUSE Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this drawing workshop. £5 per workshop

Tuesdays 11 September - 6 November 14.00 - 16.00

Portals to the world An art appreciation course designed specially for people with dementia and their carers. Each week we will gather in one of the galleries for a short talk by a Museum staff member, followed by a handling session or a practical art activity. This nine week cultural journey is a partnership project with dementia COMPASS.

For further information and to book tel: 01223 332904 or email: unless otherwise stated

Thursday 20 September 10.30 - 12.30

Friday 30 November 12.15 - 13.30

Echoes of Cyprus

Experiencing Ancient Greece and Cyprus

Make your own clay tile using sgraffito techniques and add colour to finish. For inspiration, draw upon the colours and motifs from the Ceramic Art, Craft and Tales from Medieval Cyprus exhibition. £20 (£15 concessions)

Saturday 17 November 10.00 - 16.00

Calligraphy for Christmas with Patricia Lovett Learn how to write Gothic Black Letter and use it as a pattern to make small objects of desire for Christmas. Beginners welcome. Calligraphers are also invited to come along and brush up their skills. All tools and materials provided. £40 (£35 concessions)

FREE but booking essential Penny Price, from The Four Quartets by T S Eliot, 2007 (detail), gold leaf over oil pasted Arches Velin Noir black paper, written with a quill, with gold gouache


A special tour of Greek and Cypriot Antiquities for University members with disabilities. Please meet at the Courtyard Entrance at 12:15 for the tour at 12:30. This event is a collaboration of the Department of Antiquities, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Equality and Diversity Office, University of Cambridge. For more information, contact Anastasia Christophilopoulou (Tue-Wed): / 01223 746643

Thursday 6 December 10.00 - 16.00

Brush lettering with Mary Noble Use a brush to learn the art of making calligraphy letters. Practice your skills by decorating gift tags for Christmas, wrapping paper and similar items. £40 (£35 concessions)

Young Adults

Friday 7 December 10.00 - 13.00

Wednesday 10 October 10.00 - 15.15 • Year 9 pupils

Saturday 13 October 14.00 - 16.00 • Ages 11+

Snow in prints

China day

The Search for Immortality: ancient and modern

Translate the beauty of Snow Country into your own intaglio and chine collé prints to make beautiful gifts or cards for the festive season. £30 (£25 concessions)

Tuesday 11 December 10.00 - 16.00

Decorated letters with Jan Pickett Using watercolour and coloured pencils, have fun drawing and decorating letters that could be used to make cards and gift labels for Christmas.

(a schools event) A joint event with Routes into Languages East that offers local school groups the opportunity to explore The Search for Immortality exhibition, Chinese language and culture. A fun, interactive day that highlights how learning a language can enhance your experience of things. For a flyer and registration form, visit: www. east/events/2778

Join us for a session which looks at how we think about life after death, using the Han exhibition and permanent collection to explore ideas through two ancient civilisations and world religions. Also learn about the contemporary Chinese practice of preparing loved ones for burial and the aftercare of ancestors’ graves. FREE but booking essential

Saturday 15 December 10.30 - 12.30 • Ages 12+

£40 (£35 concessions)

Graphic novel illustration Taking inspiration from prints and drawings within the collection, explore your creative potential and illustrate your own graphic novel to take home, with help from volunteer illustration students. £5 per place 17

Booking Essential

Children and Families

For further information and to book tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Tuesdays 18 September & 13 November 10.00 – 11.30 • Ages 2-5

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 November 11.00 & 14.00 • Ages 5+

Saturday 24 November 10.30 -12.30 • Ages 8+

It’s Magic!

The tomb of spirits… a ghostly tale of ancient China

Learn how to use real leaf and gold paint, as seen in works on display in the Calligraphy Today exhibition. With Calligrapher Penny Price.

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

Saturday 22 September 10.30 - 12.30 • Ages 5+

Colours in clay Back by popular demand! Visit our exhibition of clay objects from Medieval Cyprus and discover a world of patterns, beautiful birds and fantastic fish. Then design and make your own clay object with pattern and colour to take home. £5 per child

Discover the history of early China’s Emperors and the secret afterlife of the Han Dynasty, in a performance using puppets, silk, shadows and everyday objects. Created and performed by Indefinite Articles. FREE but booking essential

Saturday 10 November 10.30 – 12.30 • Ages 8+

Splashes of snow Using the Snow Country exhibition as inspiration, create a snow scene using printing techniques. Please wear suitable clothing. £5 per child

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Kameyama - clear weather after snow, 1833-4, (detail), colour print from woodblocks


The magic of gold

£5 per child


Fitz Kits

Drop in to all events for free, unless otherwise stated Saturdays 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December 14.00 - 16.00 • All Ages

Family First Saturdays On the first Saturday of each month 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.

Wednesday 31 October 14.00 - 16.00 All Ages, with a particular focus on under 5s

Discover our range of Fitz Kits with games and puzzles to take you on a journey around the Museum, available at both entrances. The new Fitz Kit ‘To infinity and beyond’ draws upon themes within The Search for Immortality exhibition.

The Big Draw on Tour

Gallery Trails

Roll Up! Roll Up! Our travelling circus of ideas and inspiration visits the Fitzwilliam Museum. More details of the tour on page 21 and at: museums/bigdrawontour/

Explore our collection through themed gallery trails available at both entrances. Plus, keep an eye out for our Chinese Families trail, available to pick up within The Search for Immortality exhibition.

Saturday 8 December 10.00 - 16.00 • All Ages

Supported by

Never tried calligraphy? Try your hand at calligraphy with the help of our team of calligraphers in the Courtyard. All materials provided.



Enjoy a series of popular Promenade Concerts with music performed by talented musicians in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3. Concerts take place from 13.15 on Sundays, unless otherwise stated. Space may be limited. Voluntary collections after each concert.

23 September

28 October

Alumni Weekend Promenade Concert

Matthew McCombie piano Chopin, Liszt, Mayerl

Helen Roche violin Ian de Massini piano Bach, Mozart, Brahms

4 November

30 September Rosalind Ventris viola Lara Dodds-Eden piano Schumann, Rachmaninov 7 October Yllka Istrefi piano Debussy, Cage, Dhomi, Liszt 14 October

'Delius - Conversations in the Artistic Circle' Midori Komachi violin Simon Callaghan piano Delius, Debussy 21 October

Ensemble L'Amfiparnasso Purcell, Charpentier, Monteverdi 11 November

Metier Ensemble Claire Overbury flute Elspeth Wyllie piano Amirov, Prokofiev 18 November

Le Petit Orchestre 'Heavenly Harmony: Music for St Cecilia' Helen Kruger violin/director Kate Macoboy soprano Purcell, Blow, Handel, Stanley

The Mulberry Piano Trio

25 November

Paul Seddon violin Vivian Williams cello John Richens piano Beethoven, Arnold

An-Ting Chang piano Brahms, Chopin, Bach, Ravel


Thursday 13 December 19.30

Christmas at the Fitzwilliam with Granta Chorale The Museum’s perennially popular annual Christmas concert takes place in the splendid surroundings of Gallery 3. Come and enjoy a performance of seasonal favourites and a glass of wine amidst the Fitzwilliam’s fabulous collections and get the festive season off to a very special start. Tickets: £15 (£12 concessions and Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum), including interval glass of wine. Tickets available from 1 November, for booking details please visit: www. music/

University of Cambridge Museums

Thresholds Poets in Residence in the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections This Autumn Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, will curate ten innovative residencies in the eight University Museums, Cambridge University Library and Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She will select ten outstanding poets to write poems inspired by their experience of the museums and collections, meeting researchers, academics, staff and young people.

Friday 2 November 18.00 – 20.00

Thresholds Launch Event A celebration of the launch of this ambitious poetry project. Find out more about the poets in residence at this special reception with a poetry reading by Carol Ann Duffy. For more information and to book a free place, visit: www.

Thresholds and The Big Draw On Tour are part of the University of Cambridge Museums’ Connecting Collections: Unlocking Excellence for All. Over the next three years, the Fitzwilliam Museum will be working closely with the other seven museums of the University of Cambridge to transform the way that people can access our exceptional collections and research resources. The programme is supported by the Arts Council England under their Renaissance Major Partner Museums funding programme 2012-2015.


The Big Draw on Tour Come and visit our travelling ‘circus’ of ideas and inspiration! Artistled sessions in 12 venues across Cambridge during October and November will be exploring the themes of dreams and nightmares using the amazing and varied collections of the University Cambridge Museums. This will be part of both the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas and The Big Draw. For more details visit: museums/bigdrawontour/

Visitor Information

For group and school bookings contact: or tel: 01223 332904 For large print or Braille information contact: or tel: 01223 332900 For Verbal Description & Touch Tours contact: fitzmuseum-education@lists. or tel: 01223 332904

Induction loop available

During your visit if you have any questions or need help, please speak to a member of staff at the entrance desks. Courtyard Shop Visit the shop for a range of gifts inspired by the collections. Courtyard Café 10.00–16.30 Lunches from 11.30– 15.30. For reservations tel: 01223 764402 North Lawn Café Fresh sandwiches, salads and drinks in an al fresco setting. Open March to October, weather permitting. eGuide An audio visual handheld guide to the collections; £3 (£2 concessions). Available from the Main Entrance.

Access • Please use Courtyard Entrance for street level access and entrance for groups and schools • Fully accessible WCs and lift access to all floors • All displays accessible apart from balcony in Gallery 3 and Sasakawa Fan Gallery. Please ask a member of staff for further information. Group Visits All groups must book at least 10 days in advance. Groups of children aged 16 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Guided Tours • One-hour introductory tours, Saturday 14.30, Courtyard entrance; £5 • Guided tours for private groups available Contact Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, tel: 01223 457574 or email: 22

Education & Families • Free family activities and trails available from entrance desks • A wide and flexible range of teaching and practical sessions for pre-booked school groups • In-service training for teachers and pre-service training for students available Reference Library Open Tuesday - Friday 10.00-16.30 Study Room Individual and group access to the collection of paintings, prints, drawings by advance appointment. Open Tuesday–Friday 10.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.30. Tel: 01223 764363 or email: fitzmuseum-studyroom@ Gallery Hire For details of gallery hire for events, tel: 01223 332921.

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Become a Friend of the Fitzwilliam and enjoy ... Special visits to exhibitions, art galleries, historic houses and Cambridge Colleges. This season’s visits and events include the Hollywood Costume Exhibition at the V&A, the William Morris Gallery at Walthamstow, Cambridge Staircases, tour of Jesus College and trips behind the scenes at the Museum. Additional benefits: • Annual summer garden party and Christmas party in the Museum • Seasonal discounts in the Courtyard shop • Opportunities to become involved as a volunteer To find out more and get details of events, contact the Friends Office tel: 01223 332933 email: fitzmuseum-friends@

Support Us! Donations keep galleries open free of charge, conserve our collections and deliver our Education Service. To help make donating easier you can now give us £5 by texting: FITZ345 to 70070 Legacies help safeguard the collections for future generations to appreciate. Corporate sponsorship of exhibitions, events and education programmes offers opportunities for businesses to strengthen their corporate image and promote their brand. The Marlay Group enjoy a special relationship with one of the greatest art collections of the nation and contribute to the future of the Fitzwilliam. To find out more, contact Sue Rhodes, Development Officer Tel: 01223 332939 Email: 23


Opening Hours Tuesday - Saturday Sundays & Bank Holidays:

10.00 - 17.00 12.00 - 17.00

CLOSED: Mondays, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January Please note that the Twentieth Century Collection will be unavailable until Winter 2012 (date TBC) due to a temporary exhibition.

How to find us The Fitzwilliam Museum is in Trumpington Street, a few minutes’ walk from Cambridge City Centre. No visitor parking: however, limited Pay & Display and disabled badge-holder parking is available on Trumpington Street.




Nearest car parks: Grand Arcade off Pembroke Street, or Queen Anne, Gonville Place.



The Uni 4 bus to and from Madingley Road Park & Ride and Addenbrooke’s Hospital stops outside the Museum (Mon-Fri). For Park & Ride information visit: shtml

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The Fitzwilliam Museum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Art Fund as a major supporter of acquisitions

Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1RB Tel: 01223 332900 Email:

What's On September - December 2012  

Programme of exhibitions and events

What's On September - December 2012  

Programme of exhibitions and events