As you explore the museum, you’ll see a number of artworks which show different perspectives on the past, present and future of science.
Media Space is the largest single dedicated photography gallery in London. Housing an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions which draw on and are inspired by the Science Museum Group’s world-class National Photography Collection, it is a unique venue that explores the relevance of photography as a medium to both art and science.
Lying alone on the floor in Who Am I?, Antony Gormley’s Iron Baby makes a powerful statement about the vulnerability of the human body. Nearby, Dryden Goodwin’s remarkable sketches and photographs of strangers are displayed alongside brain scanning technology: two very different ways of exploring what makes us individuals. Meanwhile, Marlene Dumas’ paintings The Expert and The Experiment look at our perceptions of science and scientists.
British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s effective, defective, creative on the ground floor of the Wellcome Wing raises questions about our attitudes to the ways a human baby may develop.
In Making the Modern World you can discover impressive interpretations from the museum’s art collection of the industrial revolution. Philip James de Loutherbourg’s Coalbrookdale by Night and LS Lowry’s A Manufacturing Town look at the effects of industrialisation on the landscape and culture of Britain.
Materials House by Thomas Heatherwick is an enormous sculpture made of 213 layers of everything from astroturf to lace. See it in the Challenge of Materials gallery
Finally, in Information Age award-winning Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Fiducial Voice Beacons shimmer overhead. As you make your way around the gallery, you can use a downloadable app to explore and contribute to this sound and light artwork; Lozano-Hemmer’s first permanent UK commission.