Jun 27 2014
Curator Louise Pullen on the art and artefacts visitors can discover in the new Ruskin Collection displays on show at the Millennium Gallery.
It’s all change in our Ruskin displays and time to say hello to some new themes and a host of new objects. The bird illustrations have proved particularly popular over the past few months, so for anyone wanting to see more, fear not: look out for a whole exhibition of them in the Craft and Design gallery next year!
As for the new Ruskin displays, Museums Sheffield’s current programme of exhibitions and events happens to tie in beautifully with the subjects running through the collection. In particular, the idea of ‘memorialising’ buildings and towns demonstrated in the Recording Britain exhibition is very pertinent to Ruskin’s work, and in many ways his own projects were the forerunner to the 20th century scheme seen in the V&A exhibition. It seems timely therefore that visitors can now discover a range of works from some of these projects, as well at look at Ruskin’s own ways of recording architecture.
The new Ruskin displays also complement our Drawing the Summer season of pop-up exhibitions, events and workshops. Inspiring visitors to pick up a pencil, one area of the gallery will therefore be dedicated to drawings and sketches. Animals, figures and birds feature in some beautiful studies, and there’s also a case dedicated to drawings made for practical purposes.
Our final theme celebrates the onset of summer with a riot of colour. Believing that a love of colour demonstrated healthiness and a zest for life, Ruskin urged everyone to get out and notice afresh the variety of colour around us. A selection of works shows where Ruskin himself looked to banish the blues, and a novel way of teaching about the colour wheel.
These themes will be in place until early next year when the new displays will be created to follow a new project being launched by the Guild of St George to explore Ruskin’s relationship with the city. Ruskin in Sheffield aims to take Ruskin out of the gallery and look at his ideas through creative projects running in different areas and institutions in Sheffield – look out for more info over the coming months.
Image: Henry Roderick Newman (about 1843-1917), The South Door of the Duomo, Florence (detail), 1881 © Museums Sheffield