Beatrix Potter, Hygrophorus puniceus, pencil and watercolour, 7.10.1894,

Mushrooms at Somerset House: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

This right here is the kind of work that sets Somerset House apart and makes for January 2020’s next exhibition you need to see.

Doesn’t matter if you take them, cook them or eat them, the humble ‘shroom is a wealth of point of interest, all its own. This exhibition explores that in all its glory, from the mind and talent of 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 fungus, the ideas it inspires in the poetic, spiritual and psychedelic, and the powerful promise it offers to combat the human devastation of the planet.

Throughout the exhibition, international artists will delve into their take on the concept of the mushroom, 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.

It all goes down on 31 January 2020 to 26 April 2020. See more at the Somerset House website.

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