Image: Alberta Whittle

Christmas at the Holburne

The Holburne introduces some new and exciting exhibitions this winter and into 2023. The Holburne is the perfect destination for friends and family over the festive season.

Nalini Malani: My Reality is Different
Until 8 January 2023

National Gallery Contemporary Fellowship with Art Fund

New video animations featuring famous paintings in the National Gallery and the Holburne have been created by Nalini Malani, the first artist to receive the National Gallery’s Contemporary Fellowship, supported by Art Fund. Nalini Malani has created a deep black exhibition space encompassing over 40 metres of wall, the 60 striking new animations immerse the viewer in a panorama of nine large video projections, played in a continuous loop. These animations are based on an idiosyncratic selection by Malani from famous paintings including works by Caravaggio and Bronzino in in the National Gallery and Jan van der Venne and Johann Zoffany in the Holburne’s collection.

Rodin-Degas: Impressionist Sculpture
now until to 8 January 2023

Bringing together two towering figures of modern European art: Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) and Edgar Degas (1834–1917), this display focusses on the artists’ equally radical representations of the human body.

Both artists used sculpture to explore the limits and extremes of the human body. Whether in motion, stationary, or poised for imminent movement, these figures cast in bronze have a palpable sense of energy and vitality. Employing varying degrees of abstraction both create a sense of the figure in space and use textured, expressive surfaces to enhance the play of light; the closest sculpture comes to the qualities of Impressionist paintings.

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Image: Little dancer aged fourteen, Edgar Degas, 1922, UEA 2, Sainsbury Centre


Elisabeth Frink: Strength & Sensuality

now until 8 January 2023

In 2019 the Holburne received a bequest of 35 objects from the estate of sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930–1993). The artworks included sculptures, drawings, etchings, and screen prints. A new exhibition celebrates this important acquisition by showcasing a selection of 11 of the works depicting her unique take on some of the most loved and well-known tales from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and classical Greek mythology.

Richard Smith: Kites
now until 17 December 2022

Andrew Brownsword Gallery, The Edge, University of Bath
FREE admission Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm

The Edge is open from 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday, admission is free.

Richard Smith was one of the most innovative and celebrated painters in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s. Seen as the father of Pop Art, a mentor to numerous artists including David Hockney, he repeatedly sought to reinvent the language of painting. This exhibition is timed to coincide with the publication of the first major book on the artist: Richard Smith: Artworks 1954–2013, published by the Estate of Francis Bacon Publishing in association with Thames & Hudson

Illustrating the World:

Woodcuts in the Age of Dürer
Jan 21, 2023 at 10:00 am – Apr 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm

This is a rare opportunity to view the complete set of woodcuts known as The Great Passion, produced by the most famed artist of the German Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). During the 15th-century the woodcut technique became highly practiced throughout Europe, mainly in the form of cheap and mass-produced decorative or devotional images, made in monastic workshops or by independent craftsmen, including playing-cards makers.

With  the spread of the movable-type press in the second half of the 15th-century, woodcuts became the preferred means of illustrating books. The vast variety of texts being printed required artists to create brand new iconographies. The publication of the lavishly illustrated Nuremberg Chronicle in 1493 set a new standard for illustrated books both for its quality and production process. Publishers started hiring renowned artists to devise iconographic programs. Young Dürer was an apprentice at the Nuremberg workshop while this masterpiece was being produced, possibly contributing to it.

Just three years later, Dürer started working on his Great Passion cycle. He was the first artist in history to devise, create and publish an illustrated book, pushing the limits of a quintessentially linear art to create vividly animated scenes. With its rise in status, the woodcut was soon recognized as a powerful tool to reach a wide public, and evolved into a medium used for civic promotion, political and religious propaganda, and the sharing of ideas and information.


Alberta Whittle: Dipping below a waxing moon, the dance claims us for release

Jan 27, 2023 at 10:00 am – May 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Your General Entry ticket includes entry to all exhibitions and the collection


Fresh from representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale, Alberta Whittle (b.1980) will present a suite of newly commissioned sculptures across the Holburne Museum’s site and grounds, as well as a series of new text-based works on across Bath.

The exhibition, Whittle’s first in a public museum, will continue themes known in her practice including post-colonial healing, pleasure, and hospitality, each manifested through her prism of love, compassion, and kindness. Previous projects have looked to explore more recent historical events including the Windrush Scandal, and the challenges faced by healthcare workers during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. This, however, will be Whittle’s first commission to directly address 18th-century histories.


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