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Leeds Museums and Galleries’ are  home to over a million objects with collections including Anthropology, Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences,Numismatics and Social and Industrial History. The size and significance of our outstanding collections means that we frequently receive requests from all around the world to borrow our objects. Leeds Museums & Galleries are dedicated to sharing collections both internationally and locally, which means our objects are shown in broad variety of exciting exhibitions every year.
Some recent examples of loans out from Leeds Museums and Galleries include:

Sydney Moderns: Art for a New World 
6th July-7th October 2013
Modernism changed the face of the urban environment of Sydney forever and the construction of bold architecture such as the Sydney harbour bridge shaped exciting new artistic ideas. Leeds Museums and Galleries were delighted to lend Figure Composition, by Roy de Maistre to such a fresh and vibrant exhibition.
Roy de Maistre was a highly influential Australian artist who used his training in classical music to explore ideas of abstraction and ‘colour music’.

Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-1979.
Southampton City Art Gallery 10th May –  3rd August 2013, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 28th September 2013 – 5th January 2014, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick , 18th  January – 8th  March 2014, Longside Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park 5th  April – 15th  June 2014
This significant tour, organized by the Arts Council Collection, takes a fresh look at artistic practice in Britain spanning from the mid-nineteen sixties to the late nineteen seventies. During this period many artists turned away from the studio and looked to the natural landscape for inspiration. The movement of Land Art reinvigorated the landscape tradition by bringing photography, sculpture and performance art into the mix.
Leeds Museums and Galleries have loaned two works: David Tremlett Postcard Work (Dusseldorf to Australia) and Hampstead Heath by Roelof Louw to the tour.

Jewish Artists in Yorkshire
Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, 17 April - 20 July 2013
Leeds Museums & Galleries are very keen to support organizations within Yorkshire by sharing our collections with local museums & galleries. Last year, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, collaborated with members of the local Jewish community to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the settlement of a Jewish community in Leeds.  The exhibition sought to draw together themes of identity and migration and to illustrate some of the stories of Jewish settlers in Yorkshire. The show was a significant event for the community and drew a crowd of over 400 people to the exhibition opening.
Leeds Museums and Galleries loaned The Day of Atonement & Mining by Jacob Kramer, Music by Ernest Leopold Sichel, Bust of Jacob Kramer by Sir Jacob Epstein, as well as a selection of social history objects.

Gustave Dore (1832– 1883): Master of Imagination
Musée d'Orsay, Paris 10th February - 11th May, and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.13th June-14th September 2014
Major exhibition tours often travel to difference venues across the world, meaning that the same exhibition can be enjoyed by different audiences internationally. This year, the Musée d'Orsay, Paris and the National Gallery of Canada are hosting a major exhibition of work by French artist and illustrator, Gustave Dore. The exhibition examines the impact of the 19th century artist’s work on the collective imagination of contemporary artists.  Leeds Museums and Galleries have loaned the work Lever de soleil sur les Alpes by Dore to the tour.

The beautiful-“Art for Art’s Sake”: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo 30th January- 6th May 2014
The Mitusbishi Ichigokan Museum Tokyo was opened by the Mitsubishi Estate in April 2010, to celebrate and symbolize the modernization of Japan. Since its opening the museum has been host to a series of major exhibitions and received a Culture Promotion Award in 2011. This year, in collaboration with the British Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the museum is hosting a major exhibition of paintings, drawings and craft inspired by the Aesthetic Movement. The exhibition examines the movement’s attempts to redefine beauty against the backdrop of the 19th Century industrial revolution in Britain. Leeds Museums and Galleries have loaned two works, Overmantel by Thomas Jeckyll, and Perseus Arming by Alfred Gilbert to the exhibition

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