Lectures 2016-2017


Thursday 15 September 2016 - 8:00 pm.

Chinamania - the impact of Chinese porcelain on European taste, collecting and display [more details]
Lecturer: Jane Gardiner
Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V, Am Sandtorkai 48, 20457 Hamburg
(Please note that the entrance to the Amerikazentrum is at the back of the building, not the entrance on Sandtorkai)


When the very first Chinese porcelains found their way to Europe, the beauty and fragility of the material led to their being mounted with precious metal and treasured alongside other rare and exotic objects.
This lecture will examine the enormous and long-lasting influence that these Chinese porcelains had on European taste and culture and the whole history of interior design.


Thursday 13 October 2016 - 8:00 pm.

The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection [more details]
Lecturer: Stephen Duffy
Location: DESY rooms 4a/4b


The Wallace Collection, a national museum containing an outstanding array of paintings, furniture, porcelain, arms and armour, and other works of art, was brought together by five generations of one family between about 1780 and 1880. This lecture tells the fascinating story of the Wallace Collection’s formation, and also presents many of its finest treasures.


Thursday 10 November 2016 - 8:00 pm.

The World of William Shakespeare [more details]
Lecturer: Nicole Mezey
Location: Amerikazentrum Hamburg e.V, Am Sandtorkai 48, 20457 Hamburg
(Please note that the entrance to the Amerikazentrum is at the back of the building, not the entrance on Sandtorkai)


The 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare in 1616 gives us the opportunity to look at his visual and material world. This is an age of portraits and playbills, plots and parades, of theatres and timber frame, of a Virgin Queen and an anti-smoking, witch-hunting king – while little survives that can be associated with Shakespeare personally, this talk examines the visual and social changes which shaped him.



Thursday 19 January 2017 - 8:00 pm.

An evening with Telemann and Brahms [more details]
Location: 6pm at the museum


Guided tours of the Georg Philipp Telemann-Museum and the Brahms-Museum in the historic KomponistenQuartier, Peterstrasse, Hamburg.
This is a members only evening


Thursday 16 February 2017 - 8:00 pm

Building Babylon in Eden – Art Treasures of New York [more details]
Lecturer: Adrian Sumner
Location: DESY Auditorium


New York is so crammed full of Old Masters, it’s surprising there are any left in Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection are wonders of this New World. The Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art are unrivalled in their 20th century collections. This lecture takes us to the four corners of Manhattan Island, to see just what an unlimited supply of dollars can buy if your taste runs to the finest of fine arts and architecture.


Thursday 30 March 2017 - 8:00 pm.

Maria Sibylla Merian - Artist, Scientist and Adventurer [more details]
Lecturer: Twigs Way
Location: DESY rooms 4a/4b


Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the most extraordinary women of the 17th century. Born
into a family of artists, she became fascinated with the life cycle of caterpillars and moths. Leaving behind her marriage and her work as a successful flower painter, she sailed to Surinam in pursuit of rarities of flora and fauna, and produced the famous `Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium'.


Thursday 27 April 2017 - 8:00 pm.

The Genius of Antonio Stradivari [more details]
Lecturer: Toby Faber
Location: DESY rooms 4a/4b


Two hundred and fifty years after Antonio Stradivari’s death, his violins and cellos remain the most highly prized instruments in the world. Loved by great musicians and capable of fetching fabulous sums when sold, their tone and beauty are legendary. Every subsequent violin-maker has tried to match them. Not one has succeeded. How can that be?


Thursday 15 June 2017 - 7.30pm.

AGM followed by
Peasant Pastimes? The Art of Pieter Bruegel the Elder
[more details]
Lecturer: Sophie Oosterwijk
Location: DESY rooms 4a/4b


Pieter Bruegel the Elder (d. 1569) is probably best known for his colourful depictions of peasants making merry or toiling in the fields. He also painted religious scenes in the Netherland’s countryside. His work was more than just charmingly naive. He was very much a townsman with a good eye for landscape, who painted for discerning collectors. He also lived in a time of religious and political turmoil that is evident in some of his ‘darker’ works.


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