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Once in a lifetime opportunity opens its doors at Poole Museum

Lines of Thought Launch

Pictured L to R; Isabel Segilman, Lines of Thought Exhibition Curator, British Museum; Hugo Chapman, British Museum’s Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings; Cllr Xena Dion, Mayor of Poole; Michael Spender, Museum Manager for Poole Museum. The drawing featured is by Bridget Riley. 

A new world class exhibition of drawings is currently on display in Poole Museum.

The first of only 3 UK locations to host the exhibition on loan from The British Museum link will open in new window, ‘Lines of thought: Drawings from Michelangelo to now’ showcases 70 sketches and drawings from some of the world's finest artists, with prestigious works by Picasso, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Bridget Riley.

Due to the light sensitive nature of these works, one of which is an Egyptian papyrus dating back to 1st century BC, these pieces of art can only be bought out into the public eye for a maximum of twelve months every 10 years, before being returned to the British Museum, where they are carefully looked after.

The display is the result of a collaboration formed between the British Museum and The Bridget Riley Art Foundation. The aim of the exhibit is to encourage people, young and old, to pick up their pencils and be inspired by the masters to sketch and explore the lost art of drawing.

The free exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 3 September - Sunday 6 November from 10am-5pm.

Prior opening, an exclusive preview took place on 2 September, with attendees including the exhibit curator Isabel Seligman, Hugo Chapman - the British Museum’s Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings, and Cllr Xena Dion, Mayor of Poole.

Cllr Dion, said: “It is fantastic to know that Poole has been chosen as the first of only three venues in the UK,and very few internationally, to host such a rare and incredible exhibition. This display, which has been so provocatively and aptly named, provides an exceptional opportunity for people across the region to experience a selection of some of the finest drawings around. We are so grateful to the British Museum for entrusting us with these beautiful works, and I am sure that all visitors, myself included, will enjoy many hours sketching, studying, and soaking up the artistic genius that resides with us for the next couple of months.”

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure, said: “Lines of Thought has been given national coverage and praise by art critics in the Telegraph and Guardian. And it’s here in Poole – in our High Street and free to go. It’s only a short run, so go, visit!

‘Lines of thought: Drawings from Michelangelo to now’ is on display at Poole Museum until 6 November 2016. After Poole, the exhibit will move to Hull, Belfast and the USA, before returning to the British Museum Archives for another decade.

The accompanying book, Lines of thought by Isabel Seligman is available from Poole Museum priced at £16.95 and all visitors are invited to use the free sketching materials provided during their visit.

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