Modern Nature

2 May – 7 July 2019

Alberto Baraya, Mark Dion, Simryn Gill, Derek Jarman, Hilma af Klint, Margaret Mee, Christine Ödlund, David Thorpe, Viktor Timofeev

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    Christine Ödlund, Aspects of Linnaeus' system of shape and color III 2018 Plant pigment and acrylic medium on paper, 72.2 x 53 cm Courtesy the artist and Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch

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    Simryn Gill, Travelling Light 2017 Ink on paper, unique relief prints 139.7 x 73.6 cm each Courtesy the artist, Utopia Art Sydney and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai. Photo: Andy Keate.

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    Modern Nature Photo: Andy Keate.

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    Modern Nature Photo: Andy Keate.

Modern Nature explores our interaction and fascination with plants in relation to aspects of social change, personal well-being and scientific research.

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The exhibition brings together drawings never before exhibited in the UK by historical artists Hilma af Klint and Margaret Mee, alongside works by contemporary international artists, including pseudo-botanist Alberto Baraya and explorer, activist and artist Mark Dion, to explore utopian ideas of the redeeming qualities of nature and the contradictory reality that plastic waste and over-farming are damaging the natural world.  

Also included are unique works on paper by Simryn Gill and Christine Ödlund, diary entries by filmmaker, diarist and gardener Derek Jarman, anthropomorphised botanical watercolours by David Thorpe and an exuberant newly commissioned wall drawing by Viktor Timofeev, which together consider the notion of care in relation to man’s interdependency with plant life.

Curated by Katharine Stout (Deputy Director, ICA, London and Associate Director, Drawing Room) with Jacqui McIntosh (Exhibitions Manager, Drawing Room).

Private view Wednesday 1 May, 2019, 6.30-8.30pm