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Now open: world's greatest artists come to Hull

4th January

One of the first major exhibitions of Hull’s UK City of Culture year is now open here at the University of Hull.

Rembrandt, An Asian elephant, c. 1637, black chalk and charcoal © The Trustees of the British Museum

Art works from some of the world’s most prominent masters will be on display to see for free at the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library from 3 January and to 28 February as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

A British Museum Partnership Tour, Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now will feature works from some of the all time greatest artists from Dürer to Degas, Michelangelo to Matisse and Rembrandt to Riley.

In total 70 works of art spanning over 500 years of creativity will be on display. The exhibition focuses on the medium of drawing and will explore the creative impulses behind the pieces. Selected drawings from 15th and 16th century greats to modern day artists will be included with other big names to be featured including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Cézanne, Rubens, Moore and Monet.
The collection will be arranged by types of thinking rather than period or style, giving us insights into the minds of some of the world’s greatest artists in operation.

Professor Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said:

“We are proud to host Lines of thought which may be the single greatest gathering of artistic talent ever seen in Hull. As a principal partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 we are playing an active role in producing and hosting some of the year’s spectacular events and this magnificent exhibition is a fitting start to our cultural programme for the year.”

Georgia Mallin, Dorset Foundation Head of National Programmes at the British Museum, said:

“The British Museum tours about ten exhibitions to museums and galleries across the UK every year, but Lines of thought is arguably the best selection of masterpieces from our Prints and Drawings collection that we’ve ever been able to offer our national partners. We are proud to be part of the opening celebrations for Hull’s UK City of Culture year, and very grateful to the Bridget Riley Art Foundation for their generous support of this project.”

The exhibition is an integral part of the stunning Visual Arts programming that is taking place as part of Hull 2017.

Martin Green, CEO and Director Hull 2017, said: "Lines of thought at the Brynmor Jones Library helps to kick off an outstanding year for visual arts, which are a significant part of the Hull 2017 programme. The investment that the University of Hull is making to strengthen its already significant cultural activity is going to help ensure Hull's reputation as a destination for art lovers and culture vultures and I look forward to seeing the exhibition when it opens."

Lines of thought is free to attend and is open from 3 January to 28 February inclusive at the Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, HU6 7RX. For further details on Lines of thought, visit the British Museum website or Culturenet. For further details on the full 2017 programme visit

Helen Pickles, Assistant Collections Manager, Loans and Display, British Museum prepares a Claude Lorrain drawing

Lines of thought is generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation as part of a three-year programme at the British Museum which aims to encourage art students and lovers across the nation to engage with the Museum’s collection of Prints and Drawings. The exhibition is touring to just three venues in the UK: Poole, Hull and Belfast, before travelling to two international venues New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe and Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, as part of the British Museum’s programme of international touring exhibitions.

As well as hosting the British Museum Partnership Exhibition during 2017’s Made in Hull season, the University will also host a festival centring on the late Anthony Minghella - who was a student and lecturer at the University before launching his Oscar-winning movie career - and an exhibition of BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery of famous faces from Paul Smith to JK Rowling. Further highlights from the University’s programme for the remaining three seasons of 2017 will be revealed shortly.

British Museum Exhibition at the University of Hull as part of City of Culture

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