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  1. © Oliver Knight / Time Out
    © Oliver Knight / Time Out
  2. From 'Death: A Self-Portrait' – © Wellcome Library, London
    From 'Death: A Self-Portrait' – © Wellcome Library, London
  3. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  4. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  5. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  6. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  7. Wandering Moon', shadow installation 2013 – © Wellcome Images, Courtesy B-Floor Theatre/Wandering Moon
    Wandering Moon', shadow installation 2013 – © Wellcome Images, Courtesy B-Floor Theatre/Wandering Moon
  8. Shoichi KOGA, "Seitenmodoki" – © Wellcome Images
    Shoichi KOGA, "Seitenmodoki" – © Wellcome Images
  9. © Wellcome Library, London
    © Wellcome Library, London
  10. 'Monster Soup...' by William Heath – © Wellcome Library, London
    'Monster Soup...' by William Heath – © Wellcome Library, London
  11. Dana Salvo, From the series 'The Day, the Night and the Dead' – © Clark Gallery, courtesy Wellcome Collection
    Dana Salvo, From the series 'The Day, the Night and the Dead' – © Clark Gallery, courtesy Wellcome Collection
  12. © Wellcome Images
    © Wellcome Images
  13. Cafe – © Wellcome Images
    Cafe – © Wellcome Images
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist, amassed a vast and idiosyncratic collection of implements and curios relating to the medical trade, now displayed here. In addition to these fascinating and often grisly items-ivory carvings of pregnant women, used guillotine blades, Napoleon’s toothbrush- there are several serious works of modern art, most on display in a smaller room to one side of the main chamber of curiosities. The temporary exhibitions are often brilliant and come with all manner of associated events, from talks to walks. A £17.5 million development project opened up even more areas of the building to the public including two new galleries and the beautiful Reading Room, which is a combination of library, gallery and event space.

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Address:
183 Euston Rd
London
NW1 2BE
Transport:
Tube: Euston Rail: Euston
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
Galleries: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm Library: Mon-Wed, Fri 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-4pm
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Rooted Beings

  • 3 out of 5 stars

You might think plants are just green things you somehow can’t manage to keep alive in your flat, but they’re so much more than that. Plants are political. And the Wellcome wants to show you how.  Where normally with shows at the Wellcome there’s a big focus on science, here they’ve decided to take aim at the societal impact of plants, on how colonial explorers trampled on indigenous culture in the hunt for new species, destroyed habitats, ruined lives all in search of monocultures and profit. There are a few bits of archival material here – an ancient image of a comfrey on papyrus, a nineteenth century drawing of fungi, a beautiful circular depiction of jain cosmology – but most of the show is new contemporary art. There’s a huge passion flower costume and seaweed sculptures by Ingela Ihrman, a plane tree outfit by Edward Navarro and ‘foraged’ sculptures by the Resolve collective. Best of all is a wall of pretty drawings by Joseca, a Yanomami artist from the Brazilian Amazon. But the show doesn't quite work. Most of the art really isn’t great, and the lack of the usual Wellcome science knowledge and archival ephemera throws everything out of whack. It needs context, directness, and most of all – just like nature – it needs balance. 

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