Our current exhibitions
Rembrandt in Print
18 January – 19 April 2020
To launch Hertfordshire’s Year of Culture, we are hosting an exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum of prints by Rembrandt van Rĳn, one of the greatest artists of all time. It consists of prints from their world-class collection of prints made by the artist, spanning much of his career from Leiden in the early 1630s to those made in Amsterdam in the 1650s. Many of the prints were given to the University of Oxford in 1855 by the collector Chambers Hall.
Born in Leiden in The Netherlands in 1606, Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam about 1631, where he became the greatest Dutch artist of all time. His popularity derives from his exceptional observational skills. The works include not only revealing self-portraits but also sensitive landscapes and tender religious subjects shown as everyday scenes.
Inkscape: Letterpress and Linocuts by Kimprints
28 January – 29 March 2020
Using the traditional printmaking techniques of linocut and letterpress, these prints are made using the reduction technique in several layers. Influenced by railway posters and a love of typography, Kim has designed the Hitchin prints to illustrate her much loved home town, and added to the range with prints of locations around the world. Kim studied fine art at Exeter, and is currently taking a masters in Illustration and Book Arts at Cambridge School of Art, and will be teaching a printmaking workshop at the museum as part of the exhibition.
This exhibition is in The Arches, part of the Terrace Gallery.
Quentin Blake: the BFG in Pictures
2 May to 21 June 2020
An exhibition from the House of Illustration, featuring illustrations from the much-loved children’s book.