Special events coming up in and around Cambridge
Fatal Consequences: The Chapman Brothers and Goya’s Disasters of War
Tue 14 October 2014 to Sun 8 February 2015, Free
The series of 83 etchings The Disasters of War(1999) by Jake and Dinos Chapman adapts and subverts Goya’s series of the same title, but also comments on the cruelties and fatal consequences of later wars. This exhibition shows how the artists manipulated the imagery and impact by printing a second version in white ink on black paper, and a third version on pages from a child’s colouring book, with chilling and sometimes comic effect.
Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte
Tue 3 February 2015 to Sun 28 June 2015, Free
An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon spread liberal reform across Europe and to his supporters his legacy was that of a modern hero. Post-Napoleonic France was characterised by constant unrest and political upheaval which coincided with a revolution in printmaking as the new technique of lithography flourished. Quick and cheap to issue in large numbers, lithography became the medium through which a new generation of artists was able to disseminate its art and political views to the masses. Highlights of the exhibition include prints by Charlet and Raffet, who contributed to Napoleon’s heroic legacy through glorifying war and military personnel; works by Delacroix and Gericault that respond to the drama and tragedy of the period; and satirical prints by Daumier.
MOONSTRIPS - Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72
Tue 17 February 2015 to Sun 7 June 2015, Free
Eduardo Paolozzi’s use of found images and words cut from popular magazines and scientific journals played a formative role in the development of British art in the 1950s and 60s. He adapted the technique of collage to printed media in spectacular sets.
Treasured Possessions From Renaissance To Enlightenment
Tue 24 March 2015 to Sun 6 September 2015, Free
A dazzling journey through the decorative arts: from the hand-crafted luxuries of the Renaissance to the first stirrings of mass commerce in the Enlightenment.
Each of the 300 beautiful and engaging objects on display was once a treasured possession, revealing the personal tastes and aspirations of its owner, and preserving precious memories. Taken together, they offer a fascinating insight into our changing relationship with the things that we wear on our bodies and keep in our homes.
To see these objects is to witness the impact of global trade on European tastes: the lust for goods imported from the East, the revolutions caused by New World products like chocolate and sugar. European shoppers were lured by dazzling colours, intricate designs, constant technological innovation and the glamour of the exotic.
The exhibition invites you back to the markets, bazaars and workshops of the past. From exquisite silks, silverware, jewels and porcelains, via shoes, armour and embroideries, to snuffboxes, fans, pocket-watches and tiny keepsakes, Treasured Possessions sets astounding and bizarre items alongside objects that we still use every day.
On the eve of the Fitzwilliam Museum's bicentenary in 2016, this exhibition highlights the extraordinary diversity and quality of its Applied Arts collections and brings some of its least known and most intriguing artefacts out of the reserves and into public view.
Close-up and personal: eighteenth-century gold boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection
Tue 24 March 2015 to Sun 6 September 2015, Free
Fashionable among both men and women, these exquisite and elegant containers were one of the most popular accessories in eighteenth-century Europe.
They were often used to hold snuff (a scented preparation of powdered tobacco) or sweetmeats. The most lavish and precious boxes were the choice present of royalty and exemplify court culture and fashion in miniature.
Gold boxes combine the best design and making of the period and were carefully chased and cast in precious metal, encrusted with jewels, painted with the finest enamel and set with exotic materials. Paris remained the most important centre and set the taste that makers elsewhere aspired to emulate. Best admired close-up, their intricate decorations also reflect changes in society and constantly followed new styles and fashions. The appeal of these petite masterpieces outlasted the fashion of taking snuff, and prompted twentieth-century writer and art critic Sacheverell Sitwell to state they are "among some of the most fascinating and beautiful objects ever made by human hands". One of the finest collections of gold boxes today was assembled by Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001) and his first wife, Rosalinde (1913-1995). With a background in fashion as London couturiers in the 1930s and 1940s the Gilberts had a passion for beauty created through excellent craftsmanship and design that is represented at its best in this collection.
Presented here is a selection of nearly sixty boxes from their collection, including four iconic diamond-set boxes associated with Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1712-1786), boxes owned by Catherine the Great and other masterpieces from France, Germany, England, Russia and Italy. These masterpieces, thanks to their exquisite details and sometimes surprising forms, are a tribute to the extraordinary craftsmanship of those who made them, and tell us stories of war and peace, love and friendship.
Snuffbox engraved with sunburst and scrolls, France, Paris, 1753-54, Jean-François Breton, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A Young Man's Progress
Tue 24 March 2015 to Sun 6 September 2015, Free
An impressive display of five modern photographic recreations - printed to large scale - telling the fictional story of Matthew Smith, a young man from North London, who is obsessed with clothes. The modern photographs are based upon images commissioned between 1520 and 1560 by Matthäus Schwarz, one of the most committed fashion innovators of his time. See old and new images juxtaposed, along with a creation made in response to Schwarz’s Renaissance dress.
Beauty and Revolution: The Poetry and Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Sat 6 December 2014 to Sun 1 March 2015
The exhibition traces Ian Hamilton Finlay’s artistic development from the poems that made him Britain’s most internationally acclaimed concrete poet to the images and text that marked his engagement with the ideas of the French Revolution.
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: Art, dance and movement in London 1911–1915
In spring 2015 Kettle’s Yard will present a major exhibition to mark the centenary of the death of the sculptor Henri Gaudier- Brzeska (1891–1915). The exhibition will celebrate the artist’s engagement with dance – the first exhibition to explore this aspect of the artist’s work. The exhibition will include work by Gaudier-Brzeska’s contemporaries Wyndham Lewis, William Roberts, David Bomberg, and Auguste Rodin.
Private Lives of Print: The Use and Abuse of Books 1450-1550
On display until Sat 11 April 2015
A major exhibition giving insights into the ways early books were decorated, annotated, bound, used and abused by their owners in the first hundred years after the development of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg
The Craven Meeting
Wednesday 15th April 2015 and Thursday 16th April 2015
The QIPCO Guineas Festival
Saturday 2nd May 2015 and Sunday 3rd May 2015
Wed 11 February, 2015
Katherine Jenkins has announced her return to the live arena with a full 21 date UK tour following the eagerly anticipated release of her landmark new classical album ‘Home Sweet Home’. The Home Sweet Home tour will see her perform tracks off of the new album plus favorites featured throughout her extraordinary career
St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Thu 12 February, 2015
Shostakovich’s dramatic Incidental Music for Hamlet provides the opening for this evening’s concert. Alexander Sitkovetsy plays Tchaikovsky’s sublime Violin Concerto with brilliance and panache. The orchestra do full justice to the stirring and passionate Karelia Suite, a piece which reflects Sibelius’s deep affinity with Finnish land and folk lore. Tchaikovsky’s first great masterpiece Romeo and Juliet ends the evening on a tender and poignant note.
Wed 18th March 2015
Russell is officially the UK’s best selling classical artist ever and has won four Classical BRITS. He has performed for some of the world’s greatest figures including, HM The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II who requested a private audience with Russell at The Vatican, former US President Bill Clinton, The Emperor of Japan, European Prime Ministers, Middle Eastern Sultans and the King of Malaysia
Fri 20th March 2015
The Stranglers are now revered as one of the most exciting, credible and influential bands to have emerged from the British new wave scene. They are as essential today as at any time in their lengthy career. March 2015 sees The Stranglers head out on their ‘March On ‘ tour of the UK. They continue to deliver an impressive and enrapturing live show. The set will include classic tracks such as Peaches, No More Heroes, 5 Minutes, Duchess, Something Better Change, Always The Sun and Golden Brown alongside some lesser performed numbers from their extensive catalogue.
Friday 3rd April and Saturday 4th April
No stranger to yap Alan Carr will be yapping his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand up show ‘Yap, Yap, Yap!’ The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand up roots with his hilarious take on life.
Friday 10th April 2015
Jimmy’s been described as ‘the hardest working man in comedy’. Which, let’s face facts, is not that impressive. It’s like being the ‘Tallest Dwarf’ or the ‘Healthiest Glaswegian’. Really not that big a deal. ‘Funny Business’ is Jimmy’s brand new stand up show. Come for the witty and incisive musings on the human condition; stay for the knob gags.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday 11th April 2015
The astonishingly gifted, world-class violinist Pinchas Zuckerman joins the Cambridge Corn Exchange's resident orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a concert featuring major works by Beethoven and Elgar. Christoph Koenig conducts this penultimate concert in the 2014/15 Cambridge Classical Concert Series. The evening opens with Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ('Eroica'), a work which, in its ambition, unprecedented scale and emotional depth, heralded the beginning of the Romantic Era. After the interval, the orchestra moves onto a piece which is widely regarded as the greatest English contribution to the treasury of Romantic violin concertos; Elgar's celebrated Violin Concerto in B minor, which Zuckerman performs with pure brilliance and élan.
Henry V “We few, we happy few, We band of brothers...’
Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 February
Shakespeare’s most loved history play, Henry V sees young the King emerge as a heroic leader of men at the Battle of Agincourt as he struggles to take France without losing England in the process. Henry V provides a glimpse of England’s past military glories without shrinking away from the brutal realities of war.
Monday 16 to Saturday 21 February
Following the critically acclaimed hit premier stage production of Peter James’ The Perfect Murder earlier this year, the best-selling work of the number one novelist returns to the stage in 2015 with the adaptation of his most famous and popular book to date and the first book that featured James’ now famous character of Detective Roy Grace- Dead Simple
Oh What a Lovely War
Monday 2nd March - Saturday 7th March
A revival of John Littlewood’s legendary musical to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.
The King’s Speech
Monday 9th March – Saturday 14th March
Starring Jason Donovan, The King’s Speech is the true and heart-warming story of one man’s struggle to overcome his personal affliction during his country’s darkest hour.
Magic and Memory : Paul Montague in New Caledonia
9th September 2014 – 23rd February 2015
A small display remembering Cambridge zoologist Paul Montague and his research in the New Caledonia. He travelled there in 1913 and became fascinated by the local Kanak culture and made a collection of about 200 objects; he returned to Cambridge in 1914 and worked intensively documenting his collection.
The Power of Paper: 50years of Printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa
14th February 2015 – 6th December 2015
This exhibition is a revelation of eloquent art made by black and indigenous artists since the 1960s. Inspired by environments from the Arctic to the Australian desert, from the country and the city, it foregrounds visions of place, custom and history, in settings that are at once profoundly different, yet linked by empire and the politics of decolonization.