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November 2016 – March 2017

Djordje Ozbolt: The Grand Detour
Nov 17 – Mar 5 all-day
Djordje Ozbolt: The Grand Detour @ The Holburne Museum

Acclaimed artist Djordje Ozbolt is telling a new tale, responding directly to the Holburne’s paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. On display throughout the collection and grounds, these works lead us to discover exciting new perspectives on the past and see the Collection afresh.

Artist Djordje Ozbolt was born in Belgrade in 1967. He studied architecture at Belgrade University and moved to London in 1991, where he continued his studies in painting at the Royal Academy.

Interpreted by Jennifer Scott, Director of the Holburne Museum, Tom Hunt, Director Hauser & Wirth London, and Anita Taylor, Dean of Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University. The works from the show were created during the artist’s residency at Hauser & Wirth, where Ozbolt has a solo show in January 2017.

Don’t Miss Djordje Ozbolt In Conversation with Anita Taylor 1 December

Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition
Feb 11 – Jun 4 all-day
Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | England | United Kingdom

The Holburne Museum is proud to announce the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty, including recent attributions for two paintings from the Museum’s own collection. Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty will unravel the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty across four generations through 29 works, including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

A key work in the exhibition will be Wedding Dance in the Open Air, an oil painting from the Holburne’s own collection which, following conservation work and technical examination, can be attributed firmly to the hand of Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Previously thought to be the work of a copyist or follower of Brueghel, it now takes its place as the only version of this popular scene in a UK public museum. Together with Robbing the Bird’s Nest and the Visit to a Farmhouse, also featured in the exhibition, this new discovery makes the Holburne Museum the primary collection of Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s work in the UK.

A book to accompany the exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty is written by Amy Orrock and published by Philip Wilson and is on sale in the Holburne’s Gift Shop for £16.95.

Principal Exhibition Sponsor Bath Spa University

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty 11 February – 4 June 2017 £10 Full Price | £9 concessions | £5 Art Fund, Full Time Student | FREE Entry to under 16s and All Museum Members

All tickets purchased online will state 5pm but are valid at any time during our opening hours

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays) T: 01225 388569 | E: |

Anne Desmet RA
Mar 11 – Jun 4 all-day
Anne Desmet RA @ The Holburne Museum

Wirth Gallery

Distinguished wood engraver Anne Desmet presents a series of journeys through time. These recent prints and mixed media collages will take you to New York, London and an imaginary beyond, exploring the tones and textures of changing seasons, times of day and layers of history. The exhibition will include the first showing of a new series of six engravings, Manhattan, based on the Chrysler Building in New York City.
Liverpool-born Anne Desmet studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking by the Central School of Art and Design, London. She teaches wood engraving widely, particularly at the Royal Academy Schools. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history.
This is Anne Desmet’s second solo exhibition at the Holburne, following Towers & Transformations in 1999. The artist’s intricately detailed engravings and minute, spellbinding collaged fragments recall the finest of Sir William Holburne’s tiny treasures and Grand Tour souvenirs.

Join Anne Desmet at In Conversation on 30 March 7-8pm as she discusses her work with Amina Wright (Senior Curator, Holburne Museum).

Bruegel’s Blind Leading the Blind
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bruegel's Blind Leading the Blind

Bruegel’s Blind Leading the Blind (1568): The Original and Its Afterlife

This lecture will explore the fascinating imagery within Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Parable of the Blind (1568), relating it to contemporary social, political and artistic conditions. The talk  will reveal the popularity of the proverb of the Blind Men more generally in Netherlandish culture, and in Bruegel’s own corpus (considering the possibility of other lost “originals” by his hand). Finally the talk will investigate the “afterlife” of Bruegel’s composition, which has been frequently copied and adapted, right up to the 21st Century.

Dr Jamie Edwards’ research focusses on sixteenth-century Southern Netherlandish painting with particular emphasis on Pieter Bruegel. He currently works as a Teaching Associate in History of Art at Birmingham, and Lecturer in History of Art at Oxford Brookes

In Conversation with Anne Desmet
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Anne Desmet @ The Holburne Museum

Join wood engraver Anne Desmet as she discusses her work with Amina Wright (senior Curator, Holburne Museum). The conversation will examine the artist’s printmaking and collage techniques, follow her on her travels, and explore links between her work and the Holburne Collection.

Café and Exhibition open 6-7pm.

Visit our Free exhibition Anne Desmet RA: Under Changing Skies between Saturday 11 March and Sunday 4 June 2017.


Study Afternoon: Bruegel
Mar 31 @ 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Study Afternoon: Bruegel @ The Holburne Museum

More than meets the eye: A close-up look at paintings from the Bruegel dynasty
Dr Dominique Allart and Dr Christina Currie
How exactly Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s compositions were copied and reproduced in vast numbers by his sons Pieter and Jan will be explored in a richly illustrated talk by Dominique Allart and Christina Currie, drawing on examples in the present Holburne Museum exhibition.
Dominique Allart is a Professor of Art History at the University of Liège (Belgium). Her research is focused on Northern European art in the early modern period. She devotes special attention to the technical aspects of painting of the 16th century, especially by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his sons. She co-authored with Christina Currie, The Brueg(H)el Phenomenon. Paintings by Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger, with a Special Focus on Technique and Copying Practice, 2012.
Christina Currie is head of scientific imagery at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels. She is a specialist in the technological study of Old Master paintings, and in particular the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger.

Pieter Bruegel’s radical Adoration and its aftermath
Dr. Susan Foister
This talk will explore the creation of Pieter Bruegel’s Adoration of the Kings (National Gallery, London). It will consider Bruegel’s originality in approaching the subject and composition, as well as the ways in which the picture demonstrates his technical brilliance as a painter. The development of this subject by Bruegel’s son Jan, as revealed in the National Gallery’s small painting of the Adoration will also be discussed.

Susan Foister is Deputy Director, Director of Public Engagement and Curator of Early Netherlandish, German and British Paintings at the National Gallery. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Jan Gossaert’s Renaissance, Renaissance Faces, Van Eyck to Titian and Recognizing Jan van Eyck.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Massacre of the Innocents
Lorne Campbell and Nicola Christie

A discussion of the history, iconography and style of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Massacre of the Innocents from the Royal Collection and exploring its fascinating conservation history.
Lorne Campbell is the author of The Early Flemish Pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen and of the catalogues of the Netherlandish Paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries in the National Gallery, London. Nicola Christie has been Head of Paintings Conservation at Royal Collection Trust since 2009. Both speakers are currently collaborating on a revised edition of The Early Flemish Pictures.

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