Juno Calypso, 12 Reasons You’re Tired All The Time, 2013 / Courtesy of the artist and TJ Boulting
The Cult of Beauty
Oct 26, 2023 – Apr 28, 2024
Wellcome Collection
London, UK

Our major new exhibition explores notions of beauty across time and cultures. Around the world, beauty is constantly seen as an ideal worthy of going to great lengths to achieve. But what are the driving forces that lead us to believe in a myth of universal beauty, despite its evolving nature?

Featuring over 200 items, including historical objects, artworks, films and new commissions, the exhibition considers the influence of morality, status, health, age, race and gender on the evolution of ideas about beauty. We invite you to question established norms and reflect on more inclusive definitions of beauty.

  • Mikko Takkunen: Hong Kong
    Publication
    Kehrer Verlag
    International

    With his first photobook Hong Kong, The New York Times’ photo editor Mikko Takkunen captured one of the world’s greatest metropolises during a time of political uncertainty and the pandemic. As the city was still recovering from the aftermath of the anti-government protests of 2019, Takkunen began to concentrate on the purity of seeing and capturing the world anew. (more…)

  • Gertie Fröhlich: (In)Visible Pioneer
    Sep 13, 2023 – Mar 3, 2024
    MAK
    Wien, Austria

    The artist Gertie Fröhlich (1930–2020) was in the background and yet still the focal point of the activities of the Viennese avantgarde.While studying at the Academy of Fine Arts, she made contact with young artists of all disciplines, became the “moving spirit” of the Galerie nächst St. Stephan [Gallery near St. Stephan’s Cathedral], and her apartment at Sonnenfelsgasse 11 was soon a meeting place for creative people (more…)

  • Grey Crawford. Chroma, 1978–85, Vol 1
    Publication
    Beam Editions
    International

    In 1978 Grey Crawford created a body of colour photographic work that was so radical in its aesthetic and technique that few people to this day understand how it was made. Chroma documents late 70s Los Angeles in a period of radical urban transformation. Scenes of vernacular architecture, demolition sites and everyday places are contrasted with graphic forms that float on the surface and sit within the image. (more…)

  • Wong Chung-Wai: Hong Kong After Hong Kong
    Publication
    Gost
    International

    In May 2021, Wong Chung-Wai left Hong Kong with his family to begin a new life in the UK. During the six months prior to their departure he had wandered the city alone using his camera to create an imprint of those things he could not take with him. The photographs in Hong Kong After Hong Kong are Chung-Wai’s visual lament for the city. They show the city’s contradictions – the co-existence of urban infrastructure and nature, the ancient and contemporary (more…)