'Where am I?' 'What time is it?' These questions are fundamental to our survival. They can usually be answered easily enough just by looking at our phones. But what if the world as we know it ended? What if the satellites fell from the sky and we had no more GPS? No more time?
The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-80
Location:The Queen's House
Art and Science
An exhibition of exceptional paintings, prints and drawings by specially commissioned artists on Captain Cook’s 18th-century voyages of discovery. These works influenced forever how the European public saw the Pacific.
Temporary closures, Jan 2015: parts of the exhibition will be closed on 14-15, 26 January 2015.
George Stubbs paintings
Imagine seeing an animal as remarkable as a kangaroo for the first time. The exhibition includes newly-acquired paintings by George Stubbs – the first depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo in Western art. Also on display are portraits, landscapes and scenes of encounters with Pacific islanders painted by William Hodges and John Webber, as well as botanical prints based on drawings by Sydney Parkinson.
Captain Cook's voyages of exploration
Cook brought back accounts and images of extraordinary lands, peoples, flora and fauna. Artists played a crucial role on his three voyages of discovery, producing both scientific records and imaginative responses to the unfamiliar lands that he encountered.
Explore objects from Cook's voyages of exploration in our collections
Travellers’ Tails project
In connection with the exhibition we are working with four partner museums around the UK, including talks, events and activities, and a tour of Stubbs’s Kangaroo. Find out more and take part here: www.rmg.co.uk/TravellersTails
The Art & Science of Exploration, 1768-80 is part of Royal Museums Greenwich's Longitude Season, celebrating the tercentenary of the Longitude Act with exhibitions, special events and planetarium shows.
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With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Eyal Ofer Family Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Art Fund.
*Acquired with the assistance of Heritage Lottery Fund; Eyal Ofer Family Foundation; The Monument Trust; The Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation); The Crosthwaite Bequest; The Sackler Trust; Sir Harry Djanogly CBE; The Hartnett Conservation Trust; Sheila Richardson and Anthony Nixon; The Leathersellers' Company; Gapper Charitable Trust; Genevieve Muinzer and others.