Somerset House, London, London, United Kingdom
To start 2020, Somerset House invites visitors to explore the fascinating world of mushrooms, in a new exhibition from curator and writer, Francesca Gavin. Through the work of over 40 artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms celebrates the rich legacy and incredible potential of the remarkable organism, the ideas it inspires in the poetic, spiritual and psychedelic, and the powerful promise it offers to combat the human devastation of the planet.
Mushrooms brings together work from leading international artists and designers, renowned for their use of the mushroom motif, spanning large-scale sculpture, hand-cut collage, painting, drawing, photography, film and performance. The incredible versatility of mushrooms is also explored in new, conceptual pieces from designers working across architecture, furniture and fashion, including a 3D-printed mycelium chair from Eric Klarenbeek, light shades and stools from Sebastian Cox and Ninela Ivanova, and mushroom-based textiles.
Contributing artists include Carsten Höller, Takashi Murakami, Beatrix Potter, John Cage, Salvatore Arancio, Haroon Mirza, Hannah Collins, Seana Gavin, Adham Faramawy, Annie Ratti, Claudia Comte and Simon Popper.