Grant Museum of Zoology
Grant Museum Exhibitions
26th May to 6th August 2016 (Museum opening times)
Sculpture students from the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL
have been invited to create works in response to the Museum’s collections, science
and history. The brief is wide – they may place works among the Museum’s own
objects, take over entire cabinets, or use other voids and spaces.
Alongside the Museum’s historic skeletons, skulls and specimens preserved in jars, the new works will engage with animal/human encounters and transform the historic zoological museum.
More information about the exhibition and some of the artworks can be found on our blog.
Image (C) Will Spratley
The Micrarium is a place for tiny things - somewhere to come and explore the microscopic specimens at the Grant Museum.
often said that 95% of known animal species are smaller than your
thumb, but have you noticed how most museums fill their displays with
big animals? We intend to right this wrong, and in January 2013 we built The Micrarium.
We have converted an
old office/storeroom into a beautiful back-lit cave displaying some of
the tiniest specimens in the collection, on wall-to-wall microscope
slides. Museums very rarely display objects like this, and we are
experimenting with an aesthetic way of doing so.
Artist Sarah Cameron
from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art was commissioned to develop a
huge mural for the Grant Museum's foyer. What she came up with was a
trompe l'oeil of a museum cabinet filled with our objects.
The painting has been made so that from the angle and height of the artist’s eye, the solid wall looks like a three dimensional cabinet, enticing the viewer – in a quest to align and distort the illusion – to a position of questioning.
The shifting perspective is indicative of the individual nature of peoples’ experiences of the collection. This runs parallel to the Museum’s perceived role: the pursuit of taxonomic investigation. The collection is modified according to its viewer.
The painting was made without the use of digital aids, grids or formulae. You can read more about the artistic concept and process here.