This display brings together an exciting selection of objects from Birmingham’s collection looking at how artists and scientists have explored the skies. 

Objects featured include a globe of the Moon made in the late 1700s by renowned artist and astronomer John Russell and historic mechanical orreries used for demonstrating the positions of planets and moons in the solar system. These will be shown alongside photographs, prints and paintings including Andreas Gefeller’s modified satellite photographs of cities on Earth, striking and colourful prints from June Wayne’s Solar Flares series and Estella Canziani’s watercolours of a solar eclipse.

From John Russell’s drawing of the Moon in the late 1700s to a printed paper deed for one acre of Moon estate, each object in this display tells a story about people’s desire to know more about their place in the universe.

This exhibition compliments Totality (2015) by Katie Paterson which is being exhibited at Thinktank during the same period.

Image credits:

  • The Face of the Moon by John Russell, about 1795, pastel on paper, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • The Lunar Globe by John Russell, 1792-97, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • SV 04 by Andreas Gefeller, 2012, inkjet photographic print, image courtesy Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne
  • SV 05 by Andreas Gefeller, 2012, inkjet photographic print, image courtesy Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne

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