THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM University of Cambridge, UK. Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment 24 March-6 September/ Adeane Gallery. 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 was once a treasured possession, revealing the personal tastes and aspirations of its owner, and preserving precious memories. 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. Click on image to view trailer
SILENT PARTNERS Artists & Mannequin from Function to Fetish. This ground-breaking 2014 exhibition was devoted to the artist's mannequin, that uncovered its playful, uncanny - and sometimes disturbing - history from the Renaissance to the present-day. Click on image to view trailer
THE MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING is the world's first and only wandering institution for the untrained, unintentional, undiscovered and unclassifiable artists of modern times. A registered British charity, The Museum of Everything has welcomed 700,00 visitors to its exhibitions and installations in Britain, Europe, Russia and beyond. The Museum of Everything is also a publisher, an archive, an activist and a leading advocate for alternative artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Click on image for a taste of Everything.
THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM is the premier institution devoted to the creative expressions of self-taught artists, past and present. Since 1961 the museum has been shaping the understanding of art by the self-taught through its exhibitions publications, and educational programs. As a center of scholarship and by showcasing the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture. Its collection includes more than seven thousand artworks dating from the eighteenth century to the present, from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living self-taught artists in a variety of mediums. Click on image to visit the American Folk Art Museum.