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Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

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Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

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9 July 2019 – 22 September 2019

From the ancient to the contemporary – whether in a museum, book or auction house – the way we engage with art has revolved around the cult of the individual. But what happens when we don’t know who made something?

Artist Unknown takes this question as its focus, bringing together for the first time an extraordinary selection of anonymous art and artefacts from the University of Cambridge’s renowned museums and collections.

With objects spanning centuries and continents, the exhibition weaves together often hidden histories of artistic production, collection, marginalisation and colonialism, to explore why these makers’ identities have been unrecorded or lost to history. From a mysterious seventeenth-century self-portrait to modern Inuit stone carvings, intricately embroidered samplers and elaborate forgeries of scientific instruments, each object bears witness to the creativity and skill of its unknown maker, inviting viewers to question the importance we place on authorship, and to rethink who we define as an ‘artist’.

Image Credits

Carved and painted wooden head, Southern Nigeria, Height 38 cm. Collected by Northcote W. Thomas, 1910, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Z 25889

Astrolabe, gilt copper, purportedly by Johannes Bos of Rome, dated 1597, but now identified as a modern fake, c.1920, 100mm diameter, Whipple Museum of the History of Science

‘Musalman Zumeendar’, Trichinopoly (Tiruchirappalli), India, 1869, paint on mica, c. 150 x 105 mm. Reproduced by kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library, RCMS 352

Access

The gallery on the ground floor is fully accessible. It can be accessed easily from the entrance area by steps or a ramp.