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Exhibition

William Blake’s Universe

23 Mar-19 May 2024

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge CB2 1RB

Overview

Discover William Blake’s universe and a constellation of European artists seeking spirituality in their lives and art in response to war, revolution and political turbulence.

Sometimes seen as an eccentric figure or lone genius, William Blake’s Universe is the first exhibition to explore Blake’s boundless imagination in the context of wider trends and themes in European art including romanticism, mysticism and ideas of spiritual regeneration.

This timely new exhibition brings together the largest-ever display of works by the radical British artist, printmaker and poet from our own collection, alongside artworks by his European contemporaries such as the German romantic painters Philipp Otto Runge and Caspar David Friedrich – many of which have never been displayed publicly in the UK until now.

Though these artists never met or connected in their lifetimes, Blake, Runge and Friedrich shared a strong sense of individuality and an unwavering belief in the power of art to redeem a society in crisis.

Exhibition in partnership with Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany.

William Blake’s Universe is generously supported by the William Blake Trust, the Huo Family Foundation and the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust.

Press

William Blake’s Universe - press release
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