D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a pioneering Edinburgh-born biologist whose theories about the growth of organisms had a profound impact on 20th century art.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am - 5pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
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Dates: 19 November 2016 - 19 February 2017
His ground-breaking book On Growth and Form was first published in 1917, but its influence stretched far beyond Thompson’s own lifetime. It laid the foundations for the future study of mathematical biology and provided the inspiration for generations of artists to explore its ideas. Thompson’s legacy unites these seemingly opposite fields. As the art critic Herbert Read told him, “you have built the bridge between science and art”.
In 2011 the University of Dundee Museum Services received a grant from the Art Fund RENEW scheme to develop a collection of artworks inspired by D’Arcy Thompson. This exhibition showcases the highlights of the collection, with works by modern and contemporary artists including Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Will Maclean, Susan Derges and Daniel Brown.
Image: Andy Lomas, Aggregation 24, 2005, University of Dundee Museum Services, presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, © the artist
Sam Ainsley, Untitled (Homage to D'Arcy Thompson), 2011, University of Dundee Museum Services, © the artist
Dalziel + Scullion, Primates, 2013, University of Dundee Museum Services, © the artists
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Overflow, 1980, University of Dundee Museum Services, presented by the Art Fund and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, courtesy of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust
Mark Wright, Division, 2000, University of Dundee Museum Services, presented by the artist through the Art Fund, © the artist
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Fridays, 11am and 3pm
Saturdays, 11am and 3pm
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