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Marilyn Monroe's little black dress

British Museum partnership celebrated at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

18th January 2017

Marilyn Monroe's little black dress

This year the Gallery is celebrating a partnership with the British Museum to bring the best of the nation's art to the city, including outstanding artworks by Constable, JMW Turner and the superstar of Pop Art, Andy Warhol.

Saturday 11 February sees the start of the exhibition David Cox and his Contemporaries. Celebrating the life and work of one of the West Midland's greatest painters, the exhibition features the museum's wonderful and rarely seen collection of paintings by David Cox. To complement the exhibition the gallery is also pleased to announce incredible loans of work from the British Museum by Constable and Turner, making this a spring exhibition not to be missed.



Maria Bojanowska, Head of National Programmes at the British Museum says: "The British Museum is delighted to be partnering with Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum in 2017. The loan of key works to David Cox and his Contemporaries and our new touring exhibition Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today continue our commitment to share our collection as widely as possible across the UK. I look forward to visitors in Worcester enjoying these shows".

The summer show promises lots of family fun as ever. Celebrity is an exciting collection of costumes and props from the small and big screen and includes Marilyn Monroe's little black dress, Fred Astaire's shoes and a Michael Jackson "Dangerous" tour jacket. Visitors can dress up as their favourite screen star, immortalise themselves at the #selfiespot and play their favourite tracks on the jukebox! Celebrity opens on 17 June and will be on throughout the summer holidays.

Later in the year the gallery welcomes a touring exhibition from the British Museum; Warhol to Walker; American Prints from Pop Art to Today. Part of the British Museum's Spotlight Tour, the show includes work by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jim Dine. Alongside these works will be a series of late 1960s prints by Eduardo Paolozzi from the Worcester City Museum collection.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Chairman of the Joint Museums Committee and County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities says: "We are very pleased to bring world-class art to Worcester throughout 2017. The partnership with the British Museum is truly exciting and we should relish the fact that these incredible works of art will be on show on our doorstep. We look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to enjoy the exhibitions, events and permanent displays."

New for 2017 are Museum After Hours events with live music, poetry, drinks and of course, art. The first event takes place on Friday 19 May, 5.30 – 8pm. Museum After Hours events are free entry and the perfect way to end the week.

The ever-popular monthly bite-sized talks return with the first talk on Tuesday 14 February at 1pm looking at artist David Cox's influence and influences.



Not forgetting our youngest visitors, Young at Art fun and creative sessions for the under 5s continue in January with a jungle theme! The first session at the Gallery is on 19 January, 10.30 – 12.

There are plenty of talks, events and activities in the new Art Gallery & Museum leaflet which can be picked up from the Gallery or the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall. You can also follow the Gallery on Twitter or Facebook for up-to-date news @worcestermuseum www.facebook.com/worcestercitymuseumandartgallery or visit www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk.

Worcester City Council Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Councillor Roger Berry says: "The Art Gallery & Museum plays an important part in the cultural offer of Worcester by celebrating the city's rich and diverse collections; complementing them with outstanding works of art from national museums and adding to the local economy by bringing in visitors from outside the City."

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm and entry is free.

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