New Science Museum exhibition gathers loans from UK institutions to tell the story of human innovation

The Science museum is collaborating with Tate, National Gallery, V&A, National Muiseums Scotland, the Estorick Collection and more to create a new exhibition examining the Art of Innovation.

Using loans from UK institutions alongside rare objects from the Science Museum's own collection, the exhibition will bring together art and science to help interpret, study and explore the world around us. The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter looks at the interaction between scientific progress and social change, how machinery has both influenced and threatened the human body and how tools that go beyond human senses can capture the unseen.

See iconic artworks, including works by Hepworth, Hockney, Lowry, Constable, Boccioni, Turner and contemporary artists Cornelia Parker and Conrad Shawcross. Through four sections and twenty stories, discover how we have questioned our relationship with society, our bodies, the environment and found patterns in nature, as we continue to interpret and explore the world around us.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a 20-part radio series to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and available on the podcast BBC Sounds. A book has also been published by Transworld, available from the Science Museum Shop.

A Philosopher Giving that Lecture on an Orrery in which a Lamp is put in the Place of the Sun, Joseph Wright, 1766 / Image: Derby Museums Trust


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