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Degas: a passion for perfection

The Fitzwilliam Museum will mark the centenary of Degas’s death with an exhibition that will exhibit its holdings of works by the artist – the most extensive and representative in the UK.

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When the Heavens Meet the Earth: Selected works from Robert Devereux's Sina Jina Collection of Contemporary Art

Sat 25 February - Sat 27 May

The Heong Gallery at Downing College

When the Heavens Meet the Earth brings together selected works from Robert Devereux’s contemporary art collection, highlighting his commitment to emerging artists who challenge Western preconceptions of, and hegemony over, cultural expression and contemporary art. More than thirty-five works have been brought together and are part of his Sina Jina Collection, usually housed in a restored merchant’s house in Lamu, Kenya. It is literally called ‘the place with no name’. As a collector, Robert Devereux is focused upon supporting artists and giving them the confidence to develop their practice.

In an ambitious, high-density hang, the exhibition includes works by artists from Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Several live and work in Europe and the United States of America but draw much of their inspiration and artistic idioms from their trans-national roots. The works cover multiple media, from photography and painting to sculpture and film. Impactful, provocative and playful, the works explore everyday life, politics, human rights, LGBT+ representation and identity.

In 2010 Robert Devereux recognised how hard it is for many artists to make a career in art, particularly those based in Africa, a continent he had grown to know and feel connected to. As a result, he placed for sale through Sotheby’s, four hundred and sixteen works from his collection of post-war British art. The proceeds helped establish The African Arts Trust (TAAT), a body that continues to fund grass roots organisations in expanding opportunities for artists. This exhibition offers the UK a rare chance to see further evidence of Robert Devereux’s support for artists.

When the Heavens Meet the Earth is the fourth exhibition at The Heong Gallery, and continues Downing College’s commitment to presenting significant international art in Cambridge, with the aim of encouraging discussion and debate amongst both students and residents. Robert Devereux is a Downing College alumnus.

ARTISTS included in the exhibition:
Ruby Amanze · El Anatsui · Sammy Baloji · Nathalie Mba Bikoro · Rotimi Fani-Kayode · Samuel Fosso · Meschac Gaba · Romuald Hazoumè · Peterson Kamwathi · Richard Kimathi · Marcia Kure · Moshekwa Langa · Mário Macilau · Ibrahim Mahama · Ato Malinda · Nandipha Mntambo · Zanele Muholi · Aida Muluneh · Otobong Nkanga · Anthony Okello · Nnenna Okore · Malick Sidibé · Misheck Masamvu · Pascal Marthine Tayou · Barthélémy Toguo · Beatrice Wanjiku · Lynette Yiadom-Boakye · Dominique Zinkpè.

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

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10:00am-6:00pm Saturday every week from Saturday 25 February until Sunday 28 May

12:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday every week from Saturday 25 February until Sunday 21 May

12:00pm-5:00pm Friday every week from Saturday 25 February until Sunday 21 May

12:00pm-5:00pm Sunday every week from Saturday 25 February until Sunday 21 May

All times

Sat 25 February 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 26 February 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 1 March 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 3 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 4 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 5 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 8 March 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 10 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 11 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 12 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 15 March 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 17 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 18 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 19 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 22 March 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 24 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 25 March 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 26 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 29 March 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 31 March 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 1 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 2 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 5 April 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 7 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 8 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 9 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 12 April 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 14 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 15 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 16 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 19 April 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 21 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 22 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 23 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 26 April 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 28 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 29 April 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 30 April 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 3 May 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 5 May 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 6 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 7 May 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 10 May 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 12 May 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 13 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 14 May 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Wed 17 May 12:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 19 May 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 20 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Sun 21 May 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Sat 27 May 10:00AM - 6:00PM


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