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Mushrooms: The art, design and future of fungi


30 Jan – 26 Apr 2020

Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00

Wed - Fri 11.00-20.00

Terrace Rooms
South Wing

In light of the current situation, and following the advice from Government, we have made the decision to close our public exhibitions and events until at least 01 June. Anyone who has booked a ticket for an affected event will receive a full refund as soon as possible.

We’re working hard with all our artistic collaborators and producing partners to be able to share our cultural programme in other ways during this period.

A new exhibition celebrating the remarkable mushroom, and all the progressive, poetic and psychedelic wonder it evokes.

Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy, as well as the promise it offers to reimagine our relationship with the planet.

Highlights in this new exhibition from writer and curator Francesca Gavin include seminal American artist Cy Twombly’s collage portfolio paralleling natural world and human history, watercolours from renowned author Beatrix Potter, composer John Cage’s limited edition Mushroom Book of recipes, observations and illustrations, and inspiring works from emerging contemporary artists.

Plus, explore ground-breaking experiments in design, textiles and architecture that utilise mushrooms in exciting new ways – from upcycled agro-waste to sustainable shoes made with mycelium.

Contributing artists include Takashi MurakamiHaroon Mirza, Hannah Collins, Adham Faramawy, Annie Ratti, Simon Popper, Jae Rhim Lee, Graham Little, Seana Gavin, Perks and Mini, and Mae-ling Lokko

“A fascinating and timely exhibition celebrating one of humanity’s great, unsung alliances"

City AM

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Artwork: Mindful Mushroom - Seana Gavin
Mindful Mushroom - Seana Gavin

Exhibition catalogue

Beautifully presented 48-page colour catalogue, featuring an introduction from Somerset House director Jonathan Reekie, an essay from curator Francesca Gavin, and images from Beatrix Potter, Seana Gavin, Cy Twombly and other artworks featured in the exhibition.

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Mushrooms: The art, design and future of fungi is the eighth exhibition in The Charles Russell Speechlys Terrace Rooms Series, an ongoing partnership with the leading law firm to present a wide range of free exhibitions reflecting the broad interests of both organisations.

The Mushrooms events programme is supported by

Gaia Art Foundation

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London Essence

Additional support from

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