art Higgins collection finds home in WAM galleries ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page A remodeled space at Worcester Art Museum is meant to draw people into a new exhibit that has demanded most of the museum’s resources in recent months. Lane Turner/Globe Staff “Knights!,” Worcester Art Museum's first exhibition featuring works from the just-closed Higgins Armory, opened on March 29. From left: museum director Matthias Waschek, exhibition designer/chief preparator Patrick Brown, and director of audience engagement Adam Rozan in the “Knights!” gallery space, still under construction. Illustrator: Veronica Fish The Worcester museum has even taken Helmutt, the armored dog at the Higgins, and adopted it as a building-wide mascot, with a cheery, redrawn canine on polyboard installed in three galleries. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Museum director Matthias Waschek posed with some exhibit items. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Waschek has borrowed a life-size Batman figure from a car museum in Los Angeles. This Batman, with the face of Michael Keaton from the 1989 film version, allows “The Dark Knight” to share space with other, more traditional symbols connected to the mounted warriors. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Preparator Patrick Brown works on the formerly brown horse that is now a more colorful part of the Worcester Art Museum’s Kinghts! exhibit. Lane Turner/Globe Staff For decades, this horse, then a shade of brown, could be seen across town at the Higgins Armory Museum. Worcester Art Museum director Matthias Waschek had it painted pink because, he said, “I want to establish a new template. . . . By painting that horse strawberry pink, we made it more abstract. By making it more abstract, we are opening a completely new, magic door.” Lane Turner/Globe Staff A shaffron, the armor piece a horse would wear on its nose, hangs on the wall. Lane Turner/Globe Staff It was just over a year ago that the Higgins announced plans to close, later making a deal with the Worcester Art Museum to hand over nearly 2,000 of its pieces for display. Pictured: A helmet that’s part of the exhibit. Lane Turner/Globe Staff A Japanese helmet in the form of a sea conch shell from 1618. Lane Turner/Globe Staff So far, WAM has hired six former Higgins staffers. And March 25, the museum announced it would hire a seventh, longtime Higgins curator Jeffrey Forgeng. He will start in August as the museum’s first curator of arms and armor and medieval art. Pictured: A statue featured in the exhibit. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Preparator Trevor Yoney built an archway in the “Knights!” exhibit space.