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National Museums Liverpool is out and proud!

27 July 2017 by Andrew

National Museums Liverpool’s Pride banner

We commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality this week with the opening of the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. Read more…

The sun always shines at National Museums Liverpool!

24 July 2017 by Megan

Six long weeks to fill and entertain the kids is looming. But National Museums Liverpool has a fun-filled summer of events and activities planned for the whole family so there is no excuse to feel bored!

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Art Nouveau experience: Alphonse Mucha at the Walker

19 July 2017 by Simon Birtall

Reverie (detail), Alphonse Mucha © Mucha Trust 2017

I am in the extremely fortunate position at present of being a tour guide at the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition of work by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha, ‘In Quest of Beauty’. The exhibition presents visitors with a rare and privileged opportunity to spend time amongst the beautiful artwork of an artist and illustrator whose story is at once fascinating, moving and unexpected.

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Alphonse Mucha’s influence on 1960s counter-culture

3 July 2017 by Felicity

Norman with his Jugband poster at the opening of the Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition at the Walker

A familiar face for many regular Walker visitors, Norman Killon worked as part of our visitor services team for 24 years before he retired in April this year.

Norman is also a font of musical knowledge, having DJ’d at Liverpool’s legendary nightclub Eric’s in the 1970s, and a great collector of musical memorabilia.

You can see two posters from Norman’s personal collection in our Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty exhibition, showing how Mucha influenced a counter-culture in the 1960s. Norman tells us more in this post: Read more…

Inspired by George Bouverie Goddard

13 June 2017 by Felicity

The Struggle for Existence, by Goddard, at the Walker

It’s always fantastic to hear from visitors who have been inspired by paintings in our collection. In this blog post, Chris Woodward tells us how a painting by George Bouverie Goddard inspired him to write a play, soon to be performed here in Liverpool. Read more…

Talk Tuesday: Arts Council Collection prints

5 June 2017 by Scott Smith

ZOOLOGICLOOKINGNORTHKAPUT! display at the Walker Art Gallery.

‘ZOOLOGICLOOKINGNORTHKAPUT!’ is a second year printmaking project by
Liverpool John Moores University Fine Art students that is currently on display at the Walker Art Gallery until 18 June 2017. Ahead of the students’ Talk Tuesday on 6 June, their tutor Neil Morris tells us more about the project…
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Who was Alphonse Mucha?

25 May 2017 by Scott Smith

Alphonse Mucha sitting in a chair

Alphonse Mucha sat in front of his famous poster ‘Gismonda’ © Mucha Trust 2017

Alfons Maria Mucha, known widely as Alphonse Mucha, is the subject of a major exhibition opening 16 June at the Walker Art Gallery. Mucha was the original father of Art Nouveau and his posters and prints are instantly recognizable to most people today. But just who was the man behind the artist?

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Half-term highlights

23 May 2017 by Megan

 

Family crafts

Half-term is fast approaching and National Museums Liverpool has a fantastic range of activities to keep the little ones busy. Read more…

Coming Out: The Walker prepares to reveal concealed LGBT+ art histories

17 May 2017 by Felicity

Untitled, 1981, Linder © the artist and courtesy Stuart Shave I Modern Art, London

Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphonbia (IDAHOT 2017); a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities. We thought we’d mark this landmark day, now celebrated in more than 130 countries, by sharing details of our upcoming exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity.

Coming Out, which will open at the Walker Art Gallery on 28 July, will reveal previously overlooked LGBT+ art histories and institutional blind spots, through a really exciting selection of artworks.

The opening will mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts was passed in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act), on 27 July 1967. From David Hockney and Steve McQueen to Anya Gallaccio and Sarah Lucas, the artists represented have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967, after the passing of the Act.  Read more…

Revealing Murillo…treatment underway

10 May 2017 by Olympia Diamond

During treatment photograph. Varnish has been removed from the left sided of her face.

During treatment photograph. Varnish has been removed from the left side of her face.

The practical treatment of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) has been progressing at a steady pace. My initial examinations, discussed in my last blog, involved investigating the layer of varnish on the surface of the painting…

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