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"Spectacular Bodies: The Art & Science of the Human Body from Leonardo to Now"
2000-10-19 until 2001-01-14
The human body is an astounding feat of engineering. For centuries, man has striven to understand its complexities, both artistically and anatomically, often resorting to human dissection. Illustrating the point at which medicine and art collide, this exhibition brings together treasures from some 80 medical and art museums and collections world wide. Works of art spanning five centuries, including the anatomical drawings of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Duerer and Stubbs, 17th century Dutch portraits of surgeons, and works by Gericault, Rembrandt and Courbet will be shown in an enlightening new context, alongside medical instruments, prints and drawings used in the study of the human face and body, and remarkable life-size anatomical models.
Today as forensic and medical sciences advance as never before – with the development of genetic fingerprinting, cryogenics and designer babies - artists continue to find inspiration in the human body. Video installations, photography and sculpture by contemporary artists including Bill Viola, Marc Quinn, Tony Oursler and Christine Borland present new perspectives on the historic material in the show. Curated by Marina Wallace and Martin Kemp (who was responsible for the Hayward’s much-acclaimed Leonardo exhibition), Spectacular Bodies promises to be a revelatory show. Illuminating, at times disturbing, the exhibition uncovers a new way of seeing the human face and body.