National Museums Liverpool has announced a series of exhibitions across their venues that will challenge audiences to think about how they view the natural world.
The only surviving nude artwork by artist Diego Velázquez, The Rokeby Venus, is the focal point of National Treasures: Velázquez in Liverpool, opening at the Walker Art Gallery on 10 May 2024.
The masterpiece is being loaned to the Walker as part of the National Treasures programme celebrating the 200th birthday of the National Gallery in London. The Walker will display the painting alongside a selection of unexpected works from the collections of National Museums Liverpool, exploring this iconic 17th century painting in a contemporary light.
Diego Velázquez, 1599 – 1660, The Toilet of Venus (‘The Rokeby Venus’), 1647-51 Presented by the Art Fund, 1906 © The National Gallery, London
Laura Pye, director of National Museums Liverpool, said:
“From a brand-new exploration into landscapes by women artists to the visually-stunning and important Bees exhibition, I’m sure we’ll have something for everyone to enjoy. This season we are focussing on the natural world, the role many species and we play in it. From learning about insects, animals and humans over the years to how we can help in the fight against climate change, our venues are perfectly placed to help you discover, educate, experience and take action.”
Alongside exhibitions, a range of learning events will take place across the season, with activities suitable for all ages. Beyond the Label talks delve into the hidden stories in National Museums Liverpool’s collections, and Old Dock Tours give people a chance to see Liverpool from below the ground.
For more information on all exhibition and events taking place across National Museums Liverpool venues, please visit: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk.