Take part in Museum Week and celebrate 70 years of iconic Jacob Epstein statue at BMAG

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will be taking part in the third annual Museum Week (19th -25th June), an international online event which celebrates cultural and heritage institutions, with a fun packed week of activities and offers.

#MuseumWeek is the first worldwide cultural event on social networks and the theme for 2017 is ‘lifestyle’. The theme is divided into seven topics which will become the focus of each day during the week at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

• Monday, 19th June: #FoodMW – Enjoy our ‘buy one get one free’ offer on Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Edwardian Tearooms
• Tuesday, 20th June: #SportsMW – Bring your mat and try yoga in the museum
• Wednesday, 21st June: #MusicMW – Join us for a relaxed lunch as Colmore Choir will be performing above the Edwardian Tearooms
• Thursday, 22nd June: #StoriesMW – Children will love this interactive Storytelling session
• Friday, 23rd June: #BookMW – It’s a Dog’s life tour exploring the reasons why dogs appear so often in paintings
• Friday, 23rd June: #BookMW - Lucifer's birthday tea party, marking 70 years since Epstein’s iconic sculpture, based on John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost, came to BMAG, with talks and a deal on tea and cake in the Edwardian Tearooms
• Saturday, 24th June: #TravelsMW – A European Journey talk, reflecting on the importance of European travel for artists and their patrons
• Sunday, 25th June: #HeritageMW – A chance to meet our heritage volunteers in costume and hear more about Birmingham Museums’ Heritage Sites

Lucifer’s birthday tea party
Sir Jacob Epstein considered Lucifer one of his most important works. It represents the Archangel Lucifer, referred to as the bringer of light and the most beautiful of all angels, before his fall from heaven.

Gifted to Birmingham Museums Trust in 1947, this iconic sculpture has become synonymous with the Round Room Gallery and welcomes visitors as they enter the museum. Sir Jacob Epstein attended the installation of Lucifer in 1947, and watched nervously as the two-tonne bronze sculpture was carefully hoisted in through a window to get it into the museum. Lucifer has been on permanent display ever since, and some visitors may remember when it was displayed in the museum’s Edwardian Tearooms as well as the Round Room Gallery where it currently resides.

2017 marks a momentous 70 years since Lucifer has been at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. To celebrate this iconic artwork’s museum anniversary there will be a tea and cake offer from 3.30pm to 5pm in the Edwardian Tearooms, with winged cupcakes available especially for the occasion. Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Lisa Beauchamp, will be offering short talks on Epstein's Lucifer during the afternoon and visitors will also be able to join an epic photo opportunity around the statue at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to wear their party angel wings to mark the celebration of the artwork and the museum will stay open until 5.45pm for those looking to join in after work.

For those interested in hearing more about the artist, the Electric Cinema will be showing Jacob Epstein: Rebel Angel, a 1987 documentary about the life and work of the sculptor, on Thursday 3rd August. The screening is part of the 2017 Shock & Gore Festival shockandgore.co.uk and includes an introduction from Birmingham Museums Trust Curator, Lisa Beauchamp. For ticket information please visit theelectric.co.uk.

Look out for more #MuseumWeek news on Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – and visit the website for more details birminghammuseums.org.uk/bmag/whats-on

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