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Homage to Manet

Saturday 31 January – Sunday 19 April

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This major loan exhibition examines the legacy of one of the most important and controversial artists of modern times, the French artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883). Central to the exhibition and the undisputed star of the show is Manet’s stunning Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus recently acquired for the nation by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Unique to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Homage to Manet presents a fascinating opportunity to look at this wonderful portrait and explore the exhibition’s central theme – how Manet influenced the way future generations of artists depicted women and paved the way for professional female artists of the early 20th century to represent themselves.

Featuring approximately 60 works, including examples by Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Philip Wilson Steer, Walter Sickert, Gwen John, William Orpen, Vanessa Bell and others, this exhibition breaks new ground in tracing Manet’s legacy in Britain.

We are grateful for the support of the Principal Exhibition Sponsor, Birketts Solicitors. Homage to Manet is also supported by the East Anglia Art Fund and the Eastern Daily Press.

The exhibition showcases oils, prints and drawings on loan from national collections, such as Tate and the British Museum alongside regional institutions such as the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

NMS launches first crowdfunding campaign – to turn wood into gold!

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On 8 December we are launching our first ever crowdfunding project to re-gild the frame of one of our rarest and best loved paintings: The Paston Treasure.

Painted by an unknown Dutch artist at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk over 350 years ago, it depicts treasures collected by the famous Paston family. In the 17th century, the ornately carved frame would not have looked as it does today – plain wood – but would have been gilded.

We have until 31 March 2015 to raise the £14,500 needed to transform this unique piece of Norfolk’s heritage. Donate today through the Art Happens website and receive a special thank you, with a whole range of exclusive rewards only available online. 100% of contributions will go directly to the restoration work.

And with Christmas just around the corner, why not give a donation as an unusual Christmas present to an art-loving friend?

We want to return this masterpiece to its former glory in preparation for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition planned for 2018. This will bring together as many of the Paston treasures as possible, and reunite them with The Paston Treasure painting for the first time since the 17th century.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to make a Norfolk treasure shine!

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Norwich Castle exhibition in CNN's 'must see' events 2015 - ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons

Saturday 9 – Sunday 24 May 2015

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A new exhibition of work by American artist Jeff Koons, which opens at Norwich Castle in May has made it into CNN’s list of top 19 events ‘worth travelling for’.

Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of our time. He is famous for iconic works such as Puppy, a forty foot sculpture which stands outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

This exhibition will be the only chance to see Jeff Koons’ work in the UK in 2015 and includes some of his best known pieces such as Winter Bears, 1988.

Advance tickets are on sale now for the period 8-24 May – click here to book your place!

Adult £6
Concession £5
(registered disabled, jobseekers, over 65s and full-time students)
Child £4 (4-18 years)

Jeff Koons
On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.


In partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival


What's On at the Norwich Museums for Spring 2015

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The latest What's On guide is now available. Find out about all the events at the Norwich Museums for Spring 2015, including Norwich Castle's much anticipated exhibition 'Homage to Manet' which runs 31 January to 19 April. Click here to download a copy.

Half term activities

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Looking for something to keep the kids occupied this coming February half term?

Download our half term guide and see what's happening at a museum near you.




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