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Illuminating Objects

This collaboration between the Science Museum and The Courtauld will shed light on rarely seen artworks from the Courtauld collection.

Works displayed through the Illuminating Objects programme are on view at the Science Museum while the Courtauld’s home at Somerset House undergoes major renovation.

This allows a series of precious objects to be shown in a new context, highlighting their scientific and technological histories.

Currently on display: Habitation by césar (1960)

This sculpture was made from over one hundred pieces of scrap metal, collected and fused together by the French artist César. The object takes sculpture out of the studio and into the industrial world of molten steel and electric welding.


You can find the sculpture on Level 2 of the Science Museum, between Mathematics: The Winton Gallery and Information Age.

Find more information, and a closer look at the scrap items making up this sculpture, on the Courtauld website 

César Baldaccini (1921-98), Winged figure – ‘Habitation’, 1960, welded iron, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © SBJ / ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2020. Image © The Courtauld

Habitation on display at the Science Museum.