2016 sees the Fitzwilliam Museum celebrating its 200th birthday, and TTP Group are proud to be one of the Senior Bicentenary Business Partners during this momentous time.
The year officially began on 4 February, the date of the founding bequest, with the opening of the bicentenary exhibition in the Octagon gallery. A timeline of the Fitzwilliam’s first 200 years which introduced key themes, characters and significant objects showing the Museum’s development.
The first major exhibition of the year is Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt (23 February - 22 May 2016) This exhibnition explores the Museum’s fascinating collection of Egyptian coffins, uncovering the secrets of the artisans who made them.
As part of the celebrations The Fitzwilliam are producing 'Object of the Month' videos - March focuses on Blue Twisted Form by contemporary artist Merete Rasmussen. To view this, and the other months videos, visit www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/visit/bicentenary.html
The Founding of the Fitzwilliam
The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded in 1816 through the bequest of Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, who died on the 4th of February that year. After studying at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he divided his time between London, Paris and Dublin.
In the course of his life he collected around 144 paintings, including masterpieces by Titian, Veronese and Palma Vecchio, 300 carefully ordered albums of Old Master prints, and a magnificent library with illuminated manuscripts, musical autographs by Europe’s greatest composers and 10,000 fine printed books.
The entire collection, along with £100,000 for ‘a good substantial Museum’, was left to the University of Cambridge in his will.