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Ulster Museum puts genius of Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso on show

By Staff Reporter

Drawings by Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Picasso feature alongside contemporary artists in a new exhibition from the British Museum that opens at the Ulster Museum today.

The exhibition - Lines Of Thought: Drawing From Michelangelo - features 70 works from the British Museum's internationally-renowned graphic collection.

The show looks at the ways in which artists have used drawing as a means of recording and provoking thought from the 15th Century to today, and puts contemporary artists side by side with master draughtsmen across five centuries - showing the minds of some of the world's greatest artists in operation.

Anne Stewart, National Museums Northern Ireland's curator of fine art, said it was a remarkable exhibition.

"We are thrilled that this profoundly beautiful and entirely unique exhibition has come to the Ulster Museum, making it possible for visitors to enjoy exceptional work by the world's Great Masters, alongside contemporary artists," she said.

"There is something incredibly insightful and intimate about this exhibition.

"In a sense it's like stepping into the secret world of the artists."

Comedian, actor and artist Phill Jupitus, who opened the exhibition, said: "Before I was a live performer I was a compulsive doodler. This turned into an ad hoc job as a cartoonist and illustrator.

"There's something about the creation of image that I find both satisfying and inspirational. The work of others is no less so.

"Creativity is humanity at its best."

The Ulster Museum is the only venue in Northern Ireland to host the exhibition before it travels to the United States.

The exhibition - one of the largest ever touring shows mounted by the British Museum - runs until May 7. Admission is free.

For further information on the exhibition and its associated events programme, visit www.nmni.com

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