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Publication Detail
Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals
  • Publication Type:
    Exhibition
  • Authors:
    Ashby J, Ambrosio C, Cain J, Cuff A, Ewen M, Finn M, Fredericksen A, Goswami A, Mills B, Wade S, Werret S
  • Venue:
    Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
  • Start date:
    16/03/2015
  • End date:
    27/06/2015
  • Number of pieces:
    25
  • Solo/group:
    Group
  • Keywords:
    History of Art, History of Science, Exploration, Discovery, Maritime history, Zoology, Marsupials, George Stubbs, James Cook, Joseph Banks
Abstract
When new regions are explored and the animals in them are discovered, how does the wider world get to experience these species? From the earliest days of exploration, art has been essential in representing creatures that are alien to people at home. The Strange Creatures exhibition will explore the world of animal representations, featuring the painting of a kangaroo by George Stubbs which was recently saved for the nation. It was painted following Captain Cook’s first “Voyage of Discovery” and is Europe’s first image of an Australian animal. Palaeontologists and historians of science, exploration and art from across University College London will tell stories from their own disciplines. Featuring medieval accounts of exotic creatures, art from the ages of exploration and empire, contemporary taxidermy and reconstructions of dinosaurs based on cutting-edge engineering principles, this exhibition questions how unknown animals are communicated to the wider public.
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