National Museums Liverpool 2011 Exhibition Programme

National Museums Liverpool has announced the following 2011 Exhibition Programme.

A Collector’s Eye: Cranach to Pissarro
Friday 18 February to Sunday 15 May 2011

A unique exhibition drawn from a stunning private collection. Featuring 15th-century devotional images and 19th-century French Impressionist landscape painting, highlights include work by Cranach, El Greco, Rubens, Delacroix and Impressionist artists such as Pissarro and Sisley.

Like you’ve never been away: Photographs, Paul Trevor
Friday 3 June to Sunday 25 Sept 2011

Paul Trevor’s street photographs of Liverpool were taken in 1975 as part of Survival Programmes, a project which looked at inner city deprivation. The collection of fascinating images, which portray a community defiant and in high spirits despite a backdrop of unemployment and poverty, are on show during Liverpool’s first-ever international photography festival Look2011.

Art in Revolution: Liverpool 1911
Friday 24 June to Sunday 25 Sept 2011

An exploration of a ground-breaking exhibition held in Liverpool in 1911 which displayed international Post-Impressionist artworks alongside local avant-garde artists. Art in Revolution also examines the reaction of Liverpool’s artistic and political establishments to the major unrest in the city, which resulted in mass demonstrations and troops on the streets.

This exhibition is part of the Liverpool and the World Exhibition Series, part-funded by the European Union.

The Art Books of Henri Matisse
Friday 21 October 2011 to Sunday 15 April 2012

Starting in the 1930s Henri Matisse spent over two decades illustrating twelve books, each issued in a limited edition and signed by the artist. This exhibition includes text and illustrations from four of Matisse’s most important books Poésies de Stéphane Mallarmé, 1932; Pasiphaé-Chant de Minos (les Crétois), 1944; Jazz, 1947, and Poémes de Charles d’Orléans, 1950.

This exhibition is provided by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Art in our Communities programme.

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Old Master Drawings: Guercino, Rubens, Tintoretto
Until Monday 2 May 2011

Featuring works from the Old Master collections of the Lady Lever and Walker Art Galleries, the exhibition explores why artists have drawn over the centuries. Including works by Luca Signorelli, Giorgio Vasari (author of the Renaissance classic Lives of the Artists), Guido Reni, Claude Lorraine and François Boucher.

This exhibition is part of the Liverpool and the World Exhibition Series, part-funded by the European Union.

International Slavery Museum
’42’ Women of Sierra Leone
Opens 4 March 2011

A powerful exhibition of 42 colour photographs, some taken in Summer 2010 and never been seen before, by photographer Lee Karen Stow. The title of the exhibition refers to the life expectancy of women in Sierra Leone, a shocking figure which inspired Stow to embark on the project when she reached the same age. The images depict the women and their daily lives at home, at work and with their families.

Living Apart
Opens 8 April 2011

A travelling exhibition of 90 stunning black and white photographs, by Preston-born Ian Berry, portrays life in South Africa where segregation was institutionalised by the government. Berry first visited as a boy of 17 and returned many times to record the ordinary lives of those living in extraordinary circumstances. He captured many of the country’s most significant moments before and after the collapse of apartheid.

National Museums Liverpool is a museums and galleries group comprising eight venues. Attracting nearly 2.3 million visitors in 2009.

Venues are:

World Museum (founded 1851, opened 1860/1, known as Liverpool Museum until 2005)
Walker Art Gallery (opened 1877)
Lady Lever Art Gallery (opened 1922)
Sudley House (built early 19th century)
Merseyside Maritime Museum (opened 1980. Also home to Seized!, the national museum of HM Revenue and Customs)
National Conservation Centre (opened 1996)
International Slavery Museum (opened 2007)

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