Poole Museum hosts collection of masterpieces this autumn

Poole Museum has been chosen by the British Museum to host an exceptional exhibition of drawings by some of the world’s most famous artists.

‘Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now’ will include superb studies and graphic works  by artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse and Hockney. There will be 70 works on show and this is a unique opportunity to see masterpieces by some of the greatest ever artists.

The exhibition explores drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition aims to encourage the audience to engage with their local and national drawing collections, and to understand drawing and to inspire them to draw too.

The British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections, has chosen Poole as the launch-venue for the exhibition – before it moves to Hull and Belfast.

The free exhibition opens on Saturday 3 September to Sunday 6 November 2016. 

Remember to bring a sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters.

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, Borough of Poole, said: “This is a real coup for our town: The masterpieces down our High Street and free to view. I congratulate the museum team and I encourage everyone to make a note in the calendar to stop by.”

Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “It is great to have this new partnership with the British Museum and ‘Lines of Thought’ will look amazing in our newly redesigned and fitted exhibition galleries.”

‘Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now’ is generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation. The refit of Poole Museum’s exhibition galleries has been supported by Arts Council England, South West Museums Development, Heritage Lottery Fund and visitors to the museum.

Poole Museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Visit www.poolemuseum.co.uk for more information.

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