Artists under the skin: exhibition launch event and lecture

Royal College of Physicians Museum

6th February 2019 | 6:00PM



Join the Royal College of Physicians museum to celebrate the opening of its new ‘pop-up’ exhibition ‘Under the skin: illustrating the human body’, an exploration of the art and science of anatomical illustration from the medieval world to the present day.

Throughout history physicians, printers, surgeons and artists have developed tools and techniques to depict human anatomy and communicate what is hidden inside the human form. The results – masterpieces of artistry and technology – capture the beautiful and unsettling shapes, structures and textures of organs, bones and tissues.

New displays peel back the surface of human existence to reveal what lies under the skin. Rarely seen artworks, books and objects from the Royal College of Physicians outstanding library, archive and museum collections go on public show in this unique exhibition. Demonstrating how, as a species, we are fascinated by the contents of our complex and fragile bodies.

This special opening event also includes a lecture by Annette Wickham, curator of works on paper at the Royal Academy of Arts, examining how artists have engaged with human anatomy throughout time, devising innovative techniques for representing the three dimensions of the body in two dimensional images.

The talk features 2D drawings, prints and illustrations plus 3D écorché figures, many drawn from the Royal Academy’s collections, to illustrate artists’ exploration of anatomy in 18th and 19th centuries. Annette also addresses the controversial question:

How much anatomical knowledge did artists really need?

 

The exhibition and event are part of Thinking 3D an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and communication of three-dimensionality and its impact on the arts and sciences.

 

Event programme

From 6pm: Reception and exhibition viewing

7-8pm: Speeches and lecture, Dorchester Library

8-8.30pm: Exhibition viewing and cash bar



Artists under the skin: exhibition launch and lecture

Royal College of Physicians Museum

6th February 2019 | 7:00PM



Launching the new exhibition ‘Under the skin: Illustrating the human body’, Annette Wickham, curator of works on paper at the Royal Academy of Arts will talk about artists’ engagement with anatomy, and the ways they have devised for representing the three dimensionality of the body.

Physicians, surgeons, artists and printers throughout history have developed tools and techniques to illustrate human anatomy, and to communicate what is hidden inside the human form. Their efforts to represent the layers of the three-dimensional body on a two-dimensional page are masterpieces of art and science.

Through 2D drawings, prints and illustrations and 3D écorché figures, many of which drawn from the RA’s collections, this lecture will explore artists’ exploration of anatomy in predominantly the 18th and 19th centuries, whilst addressing the controversial question of how much anatomical knowledge artists really needed.

Live subtitling provided by Stagetext. The lecture will also be filmed.

Programme:

From 6pm: Reception and exhibition viewing

7-8pm: Speeches and lecture, Dorchester Library

8-8.30pm: Exhibition viewing and cash bar

Tickets:

£5 Standard

£4 Concession

Book tickets via Eventbrite 



Under the skin: Museum Late

Royal College of Physicians Museum

7th February 2019 | 5:00PM


The RCP museum is open late until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month. Visit the temporary exhibitions, take a multimedia guide tour and explore our medical collections, portraits and permanent displays housed in grade-I listed modernist architecture.

Join a free curator tour of the temporary pop-up exhibition ‘Under the skin: Illustrating the human body’ at 6pm.

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See also around the building and museum over 140 of the RCP’s portraits, silver displays and medical rarities such as a collection of self-care instruments, apothecary jars and surgical tools from the time of the English Civil War.

Out free multimedia guide and Heritage Trail will also guide you through the last five hundred years of the history of medicine examining the curious intersection of medicine, art and society.

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Don’t miss our rare set of anatomical tables on the 2nd floor; an extraordinary set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy.

Admission is free and open to all anytime until 8pm.

Book free tickets



PROJECTIONS: Cinematic representations of mental illness

Freud Museum London

9th February 2019 | 10:00AM



Cinematic representations of mental illness. Intensive Day Course
Guy de Maupassant once said, “A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.” Mental illness is one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Depression and anxiety are reported to be among the main drivers of disability in Western countries.
The cinema is a chronicler of transformation revealing the soul’s sublime dreams; it is also a useful mode of expression for the pain endured by a fragmented mind. Compared to other art forms, the film medium possesses a unique capacity to showcase the complexity of human emotion, and so occupies a privileged position in conveying the subjective experience of psychological disturbance.
In this day course, a selection of films portraying psychiatric diagnoses will be explored, with information provided on the emergence and development of distinct clinical categories including anxiety, depression and psychosis. In addition to in-depth content analysis of visual material, discussions will be held on the role of moving image culture in shaping public perception and social attitudes toward mental disorders.
9 February, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
£48 – £65



11am Talk and tour: Normansfield Theatre

Langdon Down Museum

9th February 2019 | 11:00AM



A talk on the history of Normansfield’s Grade II* listed Victorian theatre that opened in 1879 and is a venue today for drama, concerts and opera. Your visit includes a walk around the theatre and back rooms. On view will be part of the scenery store of restored original Victorian side flats. Using our interactive touch screen catalogue you can view the 150 items of scenery stored in the building that include beautiful backcloths, side flats, top borders and props.

Free talk. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

The museum and theatre are open on this day 10am to 5pm

 



2pm talk: Good animals, bad humans?

Langdon Down Museum

9th February 2019 | 2:00PM


In their quest to prove the interconnectedness of species, Victorian students of evolution viewed people with learning disabilities as proof of a human–animal continuum. Surprisingly, these ideas persist in some branches of moral philosophy today.

How did the minds of humans and other animals evolve from nothingness to consciousness? After Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution in 1859, scientists turned to the animal kingdom in their quest for answers. Somewhere in the evolutionary journey between the simplest single-cell organism and the higher primates, conscious thought must have emerged. But precisely at what point, and how did it come into being?

Speaker: Dr Simon Jarrett is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at Birkbeck University of London. He writes about the history of intellectual disability, human capacity and intelligence.

This talk is free. Booking not required. Donations welcome.

 



Designing Interpretation

Museum of the Order of St John

19th February 2019 | 10:00AM



An exhibition by BA(hons) 3D Design students from Camberwell College of Arts that considers new ways of engaging with objects from the collection. 24 student projects address themes and objects from medicine through to medieval money.

The exhibition runs from 19th February until 2nd March.