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National Museum Wales’ forthcoming exhibitions - Year of Legends

National Museum Wales’ forthcoming exhibitions - Year of Legends

Dance of the Ludi Magni, Gillian Ayres © The Artist
Dance of the Ludi Magni, Gillian Ayres © The Artist


From Chinese art to a famous crime writer and dinosaur babies, Amgueddfa Cymru’s programme of exhibitions and displays for 2017 will cover legendary works and themes.

National Museum Cardiff
Nature’s Song: Chinese Bird and Flower Paintings
21 January – 23 April 2017
On show in the UK for the first time is this exhibition of traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings spanning 600 years. Coming from China Three Gorges Museum, this is the third in a series of exhibitions co-produced with the museums of Chongqing municipality in China.

Gillian Ayres
8 April – 3 September 2017
A major exhibition celebrating the bold and colourful work of Gillian Ayres - one of Britain’s most renowned abstract artists which will appeal to audiences young and old. This is the largest exhibition of Ayres’s work ever seen in the UK. It offers a unique insight into the untold story of the influence of Wales on her life and work.

Dinosaur Babies
27 May – 5 November 2017
An opportunity to take a rare and exciting look at the fascinating family life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos. Through exciting interactive exhibits, authentic specimens and life-size model, Dinosaur Babies will blend the arts and sciences with an astounding array of replica dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe.

Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait
17 June – 3 September
Agatha’s Christie’s story is a moving and emotional tale with the unexpected twists of luck, sadness and joy. Her fascinating story will be told using images from her family archive, including personal notes and letters.

National Waterfront Museum
Achievers Gallery
Throughout the year
The Museum’s Achievers Gallery will continue to focus on ‘Artists and Writers’ for 2017, featuring legendary personalities including Dylan Thomas, Bert Coombes, Penry Williams and Kyffin Williams. The focus is on writers and artists who have come from an industrial background or context and the influence this has had on their work.

Welsh Myths and Legends by Pen y Bryn School
8 April to 4 June 2017
The pupils of Pen y Bryn School in Swansea are creating a book about Welsh myths and legends, based on visits from story tellers and their own art and school work. The exhibition will showcase the process of creating their book of Welsh legends. It will be available through the Museum shop.

Frank Brangwyn
29 April - 25 June 2017
Sir Frank William Brangwyn was an Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, water colourist, engraver, illustrator and progressive designer.

This programme of exhibitions and associated activity will form part of the Year of Legends 2017.


National Museum Wales will also showcase its individual museums and specific exhibits that are legends in their own right. These include St Fagans National History Museum, one of the world’s best open-air museums and voted Britain’s ‘most-loved museum’ in 2012 by readers of the popular consumer magazine Which?; National Museum Cardiff, which is home to one of the finest collections of impressionist art in Europe; Big Pit National Coal Museum, which won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year in 2005, and is one of only two sites in the UK where visitors can go underground in an original coal mine; and the National Slate Museum, which is located in the foothills of Snowdonia – the natural adventure playground of North Wales.


For more information about the Museums of Wales and their full programme of events, click here.


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*Image supplied by the Horniman Museum


Published 15 December 2016


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