Whitechapel Gallery - Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World
Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens, natural and manmade, to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories. We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. A scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while The Bureau of the Centre for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacy displays the strange magic of obsolete things. The muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while a Dickensian Curiosity Shop tempts us with the bizarre aura of American bric-a-brac. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.
Customers will be admitted to the exhibition in the next available time slot. Please note that there may be a short wait upon arrival.
14 February – 13 May 2018
Tuesday - Sunday 11.00-18.00
Opening Times may vary. Please check website for details.
Phone number: 020 7522 7888
For further information and opening times please visit: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/mark-dion/
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Disabled access: Yes
Suitable for children: No