Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Museum welcomes Lear and Paolozzi

TWO new exhibitions have opened at Henley’s River and Rowing Museum.

TWO new exhibitions have opened at Henley’s River and Rowing Museum.

Its autumn programme begins with

Edward Lear: Travel and Nonsense
from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and Hayward Touring’s

Eduardo Paolozzi: General Dynamic F.U.N.

Visitors can tour the exhibitions with Eloise Chapman, the head of collections and exhibitions, and find out more about the works on display.

Eloise said: “We’re hugely excited to be working with the Ashmolean because it’s such a big institution in the area and it’s such a lovely collection of objects — we’re so lucky they have come here.

“A lot of people are familiar with Lear’s nonsense work. The nice thing about this is that it shows he was a serious artist and produced beautiful works of art from his travels around the world.”

The exhibition is being held in the newly refurbished gallery on the museum’s ground floor which will take “big, high quality exhibitions” from larger institutions.

Eloise said the Paolozzi exhibition was exciting for the museum because it was so different.

She said: “It’s a pop art exhibition so it’s really contemporary and dynamic and fun, but with a serious message.”

The new schedule signals an expansion of the River and Rowing Museum’s programme, which has historically focused on its permanent collection and will be followed in 2016 with exhibitions of the work of David Hockney and later in the year Henri Matisse.

“We’re really going for high quality, well known artists over the next couple of years,” Eloise added.

Both exhibitions will be accompanied by events and activities from the museum’s celebrated learning programme.

Dedicated Lear fans can ponder the complexities of his landscape paintings at senior Ashmolean curator Colin Harrison’s lecture

Nature and Nonsense: The Genius of Edward Lear

For those who are equally enamoured of art and beer there’s Paolozzi and a Pint, a relaxed evening in the galleries with boutique beers from Brakspear’s Bell Street Brewery.

There’s even something for young people with Pop Art Print — an art workshop for teens.

Both exhibitions are free with entry to the museum. For further details, visit

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