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2017 exhibitions announced

Posted on Thursday 17th November 2016
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Walker Art Gallery (c) Dave Jones

National Museums Liverpool has announced its exhibition programme for 2017, across its eight museums and galleries.

The year will not only include the openings of some fantastic new exhibitions, but celebrations to mark the International Slavery Museum’s 10th anniversary, and the re-opening of World Museum’s expanded Ancient Egypt galleries in April, to a huge 1,000 square metres.

The Walker Art Gallery will continue to showcase modern and contemporary works as part of the Arts Council Collection’s (ACC) National Partner Programme, featuring exhibitions including Transparency (24 March – 18 June 2017) exploring the notion of transparency and the multiple meanings of the word conceptualised by art.

Two major fine art exhibitions also feature in the packed Walker programme, focusing on National Museums Liverpool’s art collection of Victorian Treasures (27 January – 7 May 2017) and the Mucha Foundation’s touring exhibition Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty (16 June – 29 October 2017) featuring approximately 100 works from this hugely prominent artist of the Art Nouveau movement.

In April, World Museum will see the re-opening of its Ancient Egypt gallery, following a major redevelopment expanding the display of its world-class collection across nearly 1,000 square metres of gallery space. The largest gallery of its kind outside London, World Museum will show some never-before-seen artefacts from its Ancient Egypt and Nubia collection; one of the largest in the UK. More than 2,000 objects will be displayed in the new gallery, which includes a ‘mummy room’ featuring 12 mummies.

The International Slavery Museum marks its 10th anniversary since opening in 2007, and celebrates with a packed programme of events and activities. Art of Solidarity (13 January – 18 June 2017), begins the milestone year with this exhibition of more than 30 rarely-seen posters – beautifully designed examples of graphic art – produced by the Organisation in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL).

Linking closely to the International Slavery Museum’s 10th anniversary, work gifted to the Museum by the artist Lubaina Himid will feature as part of the Walker Art Gallery’s ACC programme. Lubaina Himid: Naming the Money (7 October 2017 – 18 March 2018) will use the artist’s works and other ACC artworks to contextualise how Europe’s moneyed classes spent their wealth and flaunted their power through their treatment of enslaved African men, women and children.

Another key highlight of National Museums Liverpool’s 2017 programme will mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) with two exhibitions including the Walker Art Gallery’s Coming Out (28 July – 15 November 2017) in conjunction with the ACC, showing a diverse range of artworks by artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. The Magic Clock (13 October 2017 – May 2018) in partnership with Homotopia at the Museum of Liverpool, will also mark the anniversary, drawing on archive material, objects, oral histories and visual content to document the cultural shift over the past 50 years and the ongoing campaign for equality and inclusion.

Also on the Waterfront, Merseyside Maritime Museum will open a brand new exhibition telling the story of Black seafarers working on British ships. Black Salt (29 September 2017 – September 2018) is based on Dr Ray Costello’s book of the same name, exploring the significant contribution made by Black seafarers to Britain’s maritime industry, including their role during the World Wars, and the impact of civil rights.

Beyond the city centre, visitors to the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral, will be treated to two more brand new exhibitions as part of the 2017 programme, featuring more than 40 Japanese prints on loan from local collector Frank Milner in the Edo Pop exhibition (26 May to 24 September) and photographs and beautiful 1950s evening dresses in Model image: fashion and photos from the 1950s (20 October to March 2018).

Sudley House will display Transformation: One man’s cross-dressing wardrobe (31 March 2017 – March 2018), previously on display at the Walker Art Gallery, but this time featuring more garments from the collection of Peter Farrer, including highlights from his historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.

For more detailed information on exhibitions, please see the listings below:

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/exhibitions2017

WALKER ART GALLERY
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
William Brown Street, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker
Telephone 0151 478 4199
@walkergallery

New for 2017

Victorian Treasures
27 January to 7 May 2017
Admission free
Victorian Treasures brings together more than 60 outstanding Victorian paintings and watercolours from the art collections of National Museums Liverpool. The exhibition explores the work of leading 19th century classical artists such as Frederic Lord Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward John Poynter. It also showcases work from pioneering Pre-Raphaelite artists including John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. The Victorian period marked an important change in the way people used and viewed art. Painters focused on the imagination of the spectator and began exploring new, challenging subjects. They explored the fundamentals of human existence and painted emotional scenes inspired by legend and mythology. Artists were also interested in classification, documentation, and enlightenment and freely experimented with new ways of representing the physical world. Victorian Treasures was organised and selected in partnership with the exhibition agency Artis Inc and the art historian Christopher Newall. This hugely popular exhibition toured four major cities in Japan during 2015 and 2016 and was seen by over 150,000 visitors. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/victoriantreasures

Transparency
24 March to 18 June 2017
Admission free
Originally shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park earlier in 2016, this exhibition explores the notion of transparency. It considers the multiple meanings of the word, such as the property of transmitting light and having clarity, through to the reflective properties of mirrored surfaces. The exhibition includes work by Damien Hirst, Christine Borland, Hannah Starkey and Wolfgang Tillmans, and considers how artists have investigated subjects such as truth to material, the everyday or ordinary, and material transparency. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/transparency

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty
16 June to 29 October 2017
£7 for adults / £5 for concessions / visitors aged 18 and under free
Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860 – 1939) is recognised as one of the most prominent artists of the Art Nouveau movement, producing iconic works including Gismonda; the artist’s first poster design for the actress Sarah Bernhardt. This major touring exhibition from the Mucha Foundation explores the work of the artist around the theme of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Showing around 100 works primarily drawn from the Mucha Trust collection, the exhibition will include drawings, paintings, photographs and some of the artist’s celebrated poster designs, synonymous with the Art Nouveau style of the fin-de-siècle. A number of key ‘aesthetic’ and Art Nouveau works from National Museum Liverpool’s own collections will also feature within the exhibition. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mucha

Coming Out
28 July to 15 November 2017
Admission free
The Walker Art Gallery will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act) with a major exhibition drawn from the Arts Council Collection and its own. The show will bring together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967.
The exhibition will reveal the findings of more than two years of research by the Gallery into LGBT history, visual culture, the Walker’s collection and the Arts Council Collection, revealing hidden histories and institutional blind spots that will be addressed through the exhibition’s programme of events and performances. The exhibition will include works by artists David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas among others, as well as new acquisitions to the Walker’s collection, generously funded by the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award scheme. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/comingout

Lubaina Himid: Naming the Money
7 October 2017 – 18 March 2018
Admission free
This exhibition addresses how Europe’s moneyed classes spent their wealth and flaunted their power by using enslaved African men, women and children. Lubaina Himid’s major artwork Naming the Money is the central installation to this exhibition and it shows how enslavement was disguised and glamorised; the enslaved people were made to look like servants or dressed in the clothes of courtiers. Lubaina will select and interpret a group of works from the Arts Council Collection to show in dialogue with Naming the Money. Naming the Money was gifted by the artist to National Museums Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum. The exhibition at the Walker coincides with the Museum’s 10th anniversary in 2017. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/namingthemoney 

Continuing exhibitions

Transformation: One man’s cross-dressing wardrobe
Until 12 February 2017
Admission free
This ground-breaking display, the first of its kind in a British museum, features 16 garments from the collection of Peter Farrer. Born in 1926, Peter has been cross-dressing since he was 14. The display includes highlights from his historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/transformation 

ZOO LOGIC by Mark Leckey
Until February 2017
Admission free
The Walker Art Gallery presents two installations by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey. The installations represent the artist’s long-standing interest in moving image and broadcast technology, and specifically in Felix the Cat. As part of this exhibition, the Gallery is displaying 'FEELINTHECAT', a 70th anniversary Arts Council Collection commission. This immersive installation consists of a large dome, shaped to resemble Felix’s head. Inside the dome, two screens play a film which shows Mark Leckey transforming into Felix. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/zoologic   

Benedict Drew: KAPUT
Until 26 February 2017
Admission free
In this major new acquisition for the Arts Council Collection, Benedict Drew uses a combination of video, audio and sculptural elements to reflect on society’s ambivalent relationship with technology. Exploring the psychedelic potential of music and art, his often anarchic installations are intended as an escape route from, and a critical response to, what he calls ‘the horrors of the modern world.’ www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kaput   

Looking North
Until 26 February 2017
Admission free
Looking North is a new exhibition that presents work by artists from North West England and highlights a selection of exciting recent additions to the Arts Council Collection. Looking North is a snapshot of some of the best contemporary art by artists from the North West. The display includes drawings, paintings, video and sculpture by the artists Mary Griffiths, Joe Fletcher Orr, Paul Rooney, Jason Thompson and Jesse Wine. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lookingnorth   

LADY LEVER ART GALLERY
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Port Sunlight, Wirral
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
Telephone 0151 478 4136
@leverartgallery

New for 2017

Fresh Perspectives: Art from Wirral Schools
20 January to 1 May 2017
Admission free
The exhibition features a diverse selection of works including paintings, 3D works, textiles and digital images. The pieces have been created by GCSE and A-level students from South Wirral High School, St John Plessington Catholic College, Prenton High School for Girls and Weatherhead High School. It is the third time that the exhibition - which runs biennially - has been held at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, showcasing the breadth of creative talent held by young people in Wirral. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/freshperspectives

Edo Pop: Japanese Prints
26 May to 24 September 2017
Admission Free
This intriguing exhibition features a series of colourful Ukiyo-e wood block prints depicting the contemporary culture of nineteenth century Japan. On loan from local collector Frank Milner the exhibition comprises more than 40 prints brimming with urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains. The lively, colourful prints were ‘mass produced' by hand and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo's (now Tokyo) popular culture. The exhibition reveals the skill of leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, the last great master of the Kabuki actor print.  www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/edopop

Model Image: fashion and photos from the 1950s
20 October to March 2018
Admission free
June Duncan (1924-2014) was a Liverpool-born dancer and model who, in the 1950s, became one of Britain’s top fashion models. June modelled clothes for all the major couture houses in London and Paris, and appeared regularly in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. This exhibition highlights some of her best-known images, part of a recently-acquired collection of more than 90 photographs dating from the 1930s to the 1950s. It also features beautiful 1950s evening dresses from National Museums Liverpool’s decorative arts collection, similar to some of those seen in the photographs. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/modelimage

Continuing exhibitions

Picasso Linocuts from the British Museum
24 June 2016 – 8 January 2017
Admission free
Displayed for the first time outside the British Museum and featuring prints from the Jacqueline Reading (his wife and muse) series, the Still Life under the Lamp series and the Nude Woman at the Spring set, which was inspired by a figure from Manet’s nineteenth-century masterpiece Déjeuner sur l’herbe (Lunch on the Grass). The exhibition shows the ‘progressive’ process of linocutting that Picasso explored in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This wonderfully bold
and colourful exhibition features pieces that are counted among Picasso’s most important works in linocut, acquired by the British Museum with support from the Art Fund. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picasso

SUDLEY HOUSE
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/sudley
Telephone 0151 478 4016
@sudleyhouse

New for 2017

Transformation: One man’s cross-dressing wardrobe
31 March 2017 to March 2018
Admission free
This ground-breaking display, the first of its kind in a British museum, features 16 garments from the collection of Peter Farrer. Born in 1926, Peter has been cross-dressing since he was 14. The display includes highlights from his historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/transformation 

Continuing exhibitions

Putting on the Glitz           
Until 26 March 2017
Admission free
Following a display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, this popular exhibition features dazzling 1930s evening gowns taking centre stage, revealing how the glitz and glamour of Hollywood was reflected in the fashions of the period. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/glitz

WORLD MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
William Brown Street, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml
Telephone 0151 478 4136
@world_museum

New for 2017

Ancient Egypt gallery
Opening April 2017
Admission free
World Museum is set to re-open its Ancient Egypt gallery following a major redevelopment, expanding the display of its world-class collection across nearly 1,000 square metres of gallery space. Displaying more than 2,000 objects – some of which have never been publicly shown before – the new gallery will tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its renowned collection and share research and insights into one of the most fascinating ancient civilisations in history. A ‘mummy room’, displaying 12 mummies, will feature alongside some of the 16,000 artefacts from Ancient Egypt and Nubia. World Museum has one of the most important Ancient Egypt collections in the UK and this will be largest gallery outside of London. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ancientegypt

Continuing exhibitions

Animal Mummies Revealed
Until 26 February 2017
Admission free
This fascinating exhibition – created in partnership with Manchester Museum, Glasgow Museums and The University of Manchester – explores ancient Egyptian animal mummies, prepared in their millions as votive offerings to the gods. Animal Mummies Revealed explains the background behind this religious practice in the context of life in ancient Egypt and the environment in which the animals lived. Featuring mummified specimens such as jackals, crocodiles, cats and birds, the exhibition also includes the recreation of an animal catacomb, creating an immersive and atmospheric experience for visitors. It explores the British fascination with Egypt, the discovery of animal mummies by British excavators, and how so many animal mummies ended up in the UK, using photographs, archive material and travel journals to show how the mummies were excavated and selected by archaeologists and museum experts. Featuring animal mummies from a variety of UK collections, the exhibition shows how scientific attempts, such as CT imaging, has enabled archaeologists to find out more about mummified animals. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/animalmummies

MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Albert Dock, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime
Telephone 0151 478 4499
@merseymaritime

New for 2017

Black Salt
29 September 2017 – September 2018
Admission free
Black Salt tells the story of Black seafarers working on British ships. Sailors of African descent have been part of crews sailing from the UK for at least 500 years, but their contribution to the country’s maritime identity is often marginalised. Generations faced not only the challenges of racial discrimination on board ships, but also ashore through government legislation. Based on Dr Ray Costello’s book also titled Black Salt, the exhibition shows the significant contribution made by Black seafarers to Britain’s maritime industry, including their role during the World Wars, and the impact of civil rights. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/blacksalt

Continuing exhibitions

In Safe Hands: the story of the Liverpool Pilots
Until 4 June 2017
Admission free
The Liverpool Pilotage Service is the second-oldest institution in Liverpool and celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2016. This exhibition tells the story of the Liverpool Pilots and explores the vital role that these highly-skilled people have played in navigating ships in and out of the Port of Liverpool for more than two centuries. Liverpool waters are some of the toughest in the world to navigate. Ships entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey face serious hazards and rely on the skills and knowledge of pilots to ensure their safe passage. The exhibition explores the development of the Pilotage service within the wider history of the Port of Liverpool, from the explosion of growth in the 18th and 19th-centuries, decline in the mid to late 20th-century, through to the thriving port of the 21st-century. It will also highlight many of the dramatic examples where the pilots’ judgement and bravery have saved lives and cargo from disaster. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/pilots

Lusitania: life, loss, legacy
Admission free
Situated on the first floor of the Museum, this exhibition was created to mark the centenary of the sinking of Lusitania, on 7 May 2015. As well as the story of Lusitania, the display considers the role of Liverpool’s liners in the First World War. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/lusitania

Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story
Admission free
This compelling exhibition explores Liverpool's central role in the Titanic story. Discover the real life stories of those who sailed on Titanic, in their own words. Featuring film footage, images, costumes and interactive touch screens, the optimism and tragedy of Titanic is brought to life. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/titanic

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Albert Dock, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism
Telephone 0151 478 4499
@slaverymuseum

New for 2017

10th Anniversary Year – 2017
Admission free
2017 marks the 10thanniversary year of the International Slavery Museum. Opened on Slavery Remembrance Day, 23 August 2007 – a year which also marked the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act – the Museum has since welcomed 3.8million people through its doors. In 2017, the Museum will host a packed programme of events and activities to celebrate this important milestone and its achievements over the past 10 years. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism

Art of Solidarity: Cuban posters for African liberation 1967 – 1989
13 January to 18 June 2017
Admission free
Part of a rarely-seen, private collection, Art of Solidarity features more than 30 posters produced by the Organisation in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAAL). Beautifully designed examples of graphic art, these iconic posters reveal the idealistic spirit of the Cuban Revolution intent on fighting imperialism, globalisation and defending human rights. Art of Solidarity is the first exhibition to focus on OSPAAAL’s campaigning links with Africa. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/artofsolidarity

MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
Free entry
Open daily 10am-5pm
Pier Head, Liverpool
www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol
Telephone 0151 478 4545
@museumliverpool

New for 2017

The Magic Clock (working title)      
13 October 2017 to May 2018
Admission free
A partnership project between Homotopia and the Museum of Liverpool, The Magic Clock (working title) will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act). The exhibition will include archive material, objects, oral histories and visual content, bringing together a range of voices and personal testimonies to document the cultural shift over the past 50 years and the ongoing campaign for equality and inclusion. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/magicclock

Continuing exhibitions

Reel Stories: Liverpool and the silver screen
Until 3 September 2017
Admission free
Displaying around 40 original film posters, this exhibition throws the spotlight on Liverpool’s cinematic history. As the most-filmed city in the UK outside of London, Reel Stories explores numerous themes to demonstrate Liverpool’s ability to take on a leading role. A city of storytellers, Liverpool has starred as itself on many occasions, providing the perfect backdrop to tell the stories of its people and culture. With its own Film Office, established in the city for more than 25 years, Liverpool has played host to more than 6,000 productions since it opened in 1989, also portraying other locations such as New York, Chicago and Russia. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/reelstories

Notes to editors:

About National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.8 million visitors annually. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Seized! (UK Border Force National Museum), Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. 

The Museum of Liverpool

The Museum has received generous support from several major funders, and grants from trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations. Major funders include the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS),Garfield Weston Foundation and the Clore Duffield Foundation.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) was responsible for the sustainable economic development and regeneration of England’s North West and had five key priorities: Business, Skills and Education, People and Jobs, Infrastructure and Quality of Life.

The European Development Fund (ERDF) is making a real difference to people and businesses in the North West. With €755 million to invest between 2007 and 2013, ERDF is enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s economy by supporting growth in enterprise and employment. ERDF in the North West is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government – for further information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf