Making Colour at The National Gallery


From lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, to dazzling gold and silver – travel through the story of colour with the National Gallery.

‘Making Colour’, the first exhibition of its kind in the UK, invites you on an artistic and scientific voyage of discovery. From sparkling gemstones to crushed insects, learn about the surprising materials used to create pigments and the incredible journeys made by artists in their pursuit of new hues.
Span hundreds of years from the early Renaissance to the Impressionist movement as you take in displays of paintings, mineral specimens, textiles, ceramics and glass.
Journey from lapis lazuli to cobalt blue, ancient vermilion to bright cadmium red, through yellow, orange, purple and verdigris to deep green viridian – in a series of colour-themed rooms. Finally, enter a dazzling central room devoted to gold and silver.
‘Making Colour’ is complemented by an interactive display that introduces a new world of contemporary scientific thought on colour. Designed to demonstrate how we perceive and register colour, the experiment will reveal how the eye and brain respond to colour in unexpected ways.

Date and time
18 June – 7 September 2014
Sainsbury Wing Exhibition
Daily 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.15pm)  Fridays 10am – 9pm (last admission 8.15pm)

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Occam's Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics

"Art is the elimination of the unnecessary" – Pablo Picasso
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler" – Albert Einstein

These entwined ideas – which underlie Occam's Razor – form a thread that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam's Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal, are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and experiments. With reference to Occam's Razor, the interdisciplinary discourse presented in this exhibition by Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre, seeks to narrow the cultural divide between Art and Science.

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Colour & Light in Space/Form Time


Doreen Balabanoff: Colour and Light in Space/Form/Time
Lecture: Varley Gallery, Markham, Ontario, Canada, as part of Colour, In Theory Exhibition January 25 – May 4, 2014

Doreen Balabanoff will show her own environmental design work and research and bring her perspectives, as an artist, educator and researcher, to the ongoing discussion of the works in our current exhibition Colour, In Theory.
Considering colour and light as inseparable, ever-changing aspects of our visual environment, she will look at both material and immaterial colour, with a focus on light. While works in the exhibition are made of physical paint, they depict moments of perception that are intimately involved with colour as light - with the relationship between light and material surfaces and substances.

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