In Search of New Forms
15 October 2016 – 8 January 2017, at Cambridge University Library
This exhibition draws on Kettle’s Yard’s extensive collection holdings of abstract painting, collages and prints that date from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Artists who have variously used abstract forms, colours, symbols and words in their works such as British painter Roger Hilton, Italian painter and collagist Italo Valenti, and Czech-born artist and poet Jiří Kolář are included in the exhibition. The latest dated work on display is a quickly executed vibrant painting by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) who was one of the defining artists of American Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and 1950s.
Celebrating 50 years as part of the University of Cambridge 1966-2016
See the work of 25 artists from the Kettle’s Yard Collection in nine places and spaces across Cambridge.
We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jim Ede’s gift of Kettle’s Yard to the University of Cambridge. Jim Ede, a writer and former curator at the Tate, created and opened Kettle’s Yard in 1957. In November 1966 Kettle’s Yard became a University of Cambridge museum. We are delighted to be working with old and new friends, in the university and city, who have generously collaborated with us to make exhibitions and displays.
The exhibitions are accompanied by a lively programme of events across many of the venues, including an anniversary lecture and free talks by students from the University of Cambridge’s History of Art Department.
All the exhibitions are free and no booking necessary unless stated otherwise. Find out more about the exhibitions using the links on the left.
We are grateful to our exhibition partners and supporters:
The Festival of Ideas, Murray Edwards College, Wolfson College, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Cambridge, Art at the Alison Richard Building, Cambridge University Library, Arbury Community Centre, St John’s College, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, HEFCE, Cambridge City Council and the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden.