Natural History Museum
Friday, July 15, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD
Natural History Museum

Opening 15 July 2016 at the Natural History Museum

Nature’s diverse beauty has been an inspiration for artists through the ages. Discover how the intertwined history of colour and vision has shaped nature’s palette in a new Natural History Museum exhibition opening this summer. Colour and Vision, sponsored by LG OLED TV, will take a journey through the eyes of nature.

See yourself in a different light as you step into the exhibition’s immersive new light installation, by British light and sculpture artist Liz West. ‘Our Spectral Vision’ is inspired by Isaac Newton’s seven-fold colour spectrum and blue morpho butterflies, Morpho sp, in the Museum’s collection.

Rays of light from every colour of the rainbow will beam through seven prisms made from special colour filter glass, creating an atmospheric illusion that will stimulate your visual perception of colour.

The exhibition will span from when animals first started seeing images millions of years ago through to today’s visual culture with colour’s pivotal role art, design, and technology. Bold-hued plumage, metallic-winged beetles and iridescent butterflies will illustrate how natural pigments are used for paints and dyes.

It will consider the limits of our perspective, comparing how we see the world to other animals. Colour can also make the difference between life and death, when it is used as camouflage, disguise or to attract the ideal mate.

Other highlights include:

  • More than 350 rarely seen specimens, including nature’s finest examples of structural colour: Jewel beetles, Chrysina and bold-hued hummingbirds, Trochilidae.
  • A selection of eyeballs from across the animal kingdom, from the rarely-displayed national eye collection.
  • Digital installation on LG OLED TVs displaying imagery of eyes from across the animal kingdom and interviews with scientists and artists.
  • An interactive exploration of how humans perceive and relate to colour.

Colour and Vision: Through the Eyes of Nature is open at the Natural History Museum from 15 July – 6 November 2016. It will be complemented by a range of evening events including a special colour themed Lates event on 29 July. Buy tickets online via the Weblink above.

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