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Horniman Museum - Temporary Exhibitions 2010/11

Myths and Monsters

Exhibition preview

AS ALWAYS, the Horniman Museum has a number of temporary exhibitions on display in the coming months. Of these, two are new:

Pardhan Gond – Paintings from India (Temporary Exhibition Gallery) – Saturday, October 2, 2010 to Sunday, January 9, 2011.

The exhibition features a selection of paintings by two contemporary Gond artists from central India: Venkat Raman Singh Shyam and Rajendra Shyam. Part of the Gond tribe in the Madhya Pradesh, they transform sacred Gond myths and stories into iconic and narrative imagery.

The exhibition celebrates a culture whose creative genius still flourishes by blending indigenous traditions with contemporary media.

Admission: Free.

A Memorial for the Still Living (Temporary Exhibition Gallery) – Saturday, October 2, 2010 to Sunday, January 9, 2011.

Beatriz da Costa’s art installation A Memorial for the Still Living is a moving reflection on species of the British Isles that have been identified as endangered or rare.

A selection of animal, insect and botany specimens are displayed, alongside the year they were named by western science and the date of their threatened extinction.

Admission: Free.

Meanwhile, four exhibitions continue:

Myths and Monsters (Temporary Exhibition Gallery) – until Sunday, September 5, 2010.

Cyclops, unicorn, yeti, dragon, the chimera… are these creatures real or imagined? Take a journey into the strange world of Myths and Monsters and unravel the truth behind universal legends and myths.

Discover the origin of the Cyclops, the links between dragons and the dinosaurs, and why the yeti is the monster most likely to be real.

Featuring a captivating mix of animatronics, specimens and photography, this celebrated blockbuster show explores some of our best-known ancient myths and the possible scientific explanations behind them.

Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Children £2.50, Children under 3 Free, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £13, Schools (pre-booked) £2 per person, Schools (not pre-booked) £2.50 per person, Family season ticket £26.

Allotment Life (Gardens and Gallery Square) – until Sunday, October 17, 2010.

This exhibition combines indoor and outdoor elements to explore the allotment experience. In Gallery Square, photographs by artist Emma Wood capture the diversity of life on two local allotments. Outside, visit our food garden inspired by these communities.

Admission: Free.

Coal, Frankincense and Myrrh – Yemen and British Yemenis (Balcony Gallery) – until Sunday, November 14, 2010.

Britain’s Yemenis comprise the country’s oldest established Muslim community. This
exhibition explains how and why Yemeni people came to Britain, and how their migration is linked to Yemen’s ancient role as a trading nation as well as its close relationship with Britain.

Admission: Free.

Tuareg: People of the Veil (Balcony Gallery) – until Sunday, March 27, 2011.

Tuareg: People of the Veil provides a fascinating insight into the culture of the Tuareg people of North West Africa, through the exploration of Tuareg clothing and jewellery.

Admission: Free.

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

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