Being Human - Exhibition
This exhibition explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Divided into four sections, Genetics, Minds & Bodies, Infection, and Climate Breakdown, the new display will present around 50 artworks and objects that reflect our hopes and fears about new forms of medical knowledge, and our changing relationships with ourselves, each other and the world.
The Wallace Collection - Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company
From Helen of Troy’s abduction to the deception of the Trojan Horse and the fall of the city, tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.
Sir Henry Wellcome was an enthusiastic traveller and collector – amassing well over a million books, paintings and objects from around the world. Most of his collecting was in the two areas that fascinated him the most – health and medicine. ‘Medicine Man’ is a free permanent display of a small part of that huge collection.
Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media
Until the twentieth century, many women spent most of their adult years pregnant. Despite this, pregnancies are seldom apparent in surviving portraits. This exhibition brings together images of women – mainly British – who were depicted at a time when they were pregnant (whether visibly so or not).
Mushrooms: The Art, Design, and Future of Fungi
A new exhibition celebrating the remarkable mushroom, and all the progressive, poetic and psychedelic wonder it evokes. Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet.
Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design
Practical designs produced by kimono merchants to lavish commercial publications: this display highlights the creativity and skill of artist, designer and publisher through a selection of superb images reproduced from the British Library’s collection of Japanese pattern books.
Masculinities Liberation through Photography
Through the medium of film and photography, this major exhibition considers how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. Examining depictions of masculinity from behind the lens, the Barbican brings together the work of over 50 international artists, photographers and filmmakers including Laurie Anderson, Sunil Gupta, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Isaac Julien and Catherine Opie.
Edmund de Waal library of exile
Created as a 'space to sit and read and be', library of exile is an installation by British artist and writer, Edmund de Waal, housing more than 2,000 books in translation, written by exiled authors.