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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: Hand-Painted Silk by Jock Turnbull (around 1913-14)

This hand-painted silk encapsulates a moment of artistic response to a long period of industrial change in Britain. Created within the Omega Workshops, it blends the realms of fine art and wearable clothing through championing an aesthetic that stood against the ‘mechanically perfect finish’ produced in factories at the time. Only in person can you appreciate the free, abstract colours and forms of this delicate textile.

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