Londoners and tourists to the city might be tempted to head to the Science Museum to take a look at its new exhibition about the relationship between art and science over the last three centuries.
The Art Of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter opened last week (September 25th) and showcases art that has been paired with objects of scientific discovery to represent or complement them.
Sir Ian Blatchfrod, director of the Science Museum Group, said: “For the first time, important art and scientific objects from our own collection have been brought together with internationally significant loaned artworks to share fresh insights into art, science and innovation.”
The free exhibit, which will run until January 26th 2020, is split into four sections – Sociable Science, Human Machines, Troubled Horizons, and Meaningful Matter.
Works of art to be shown in display cases for hire include textiles, film, photography, paintings, sculptures, and models from the likes of Boccioni, Conrad Shawcross, Constable, Cornelia Parker, Hepworth, Hockney, and Turner.
It is being held to complement BBC Radio 4’s 20-part radio series of the same name. This show launched earlier this week, with listeners already having been able to listen to how James Nasmyth’s moon observations foretold the Apollo missions, and how instant camera technology has an impact on the colour palette in art.
Dr Tilly Blyth, head of collections and principal curator at the Science Museum, told prospective visitors that examining the relationship between art and science can “reveal the creativity and imagination that is essential for humankind to aspire to be better, to understand more, and to dream”.