Creatures & Creations

Exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

From 7 June to 29 October in the Coach House Gallery at the Stables see nature's patterns transformed into art in this vibrant exhibition.

Witness nature reimagined in his exhibition that sees an amalgamation of fashion, digital art and animal specimens on show. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum at Tring, Walter Rothschild's spectacular collection of natural history provides the inspiration for colourful virtual collages by Platon H and couture dresses by Mary Katrantzou.

Walter Rothschild's collection of natural history has inspired this exhibition
Exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire
Walter Rothschild's collection of natural history has inspired this exhibition

Walter Rothschild, 2nd Lord Rothschild, nephew of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (who built Waddesdon), dedicated his life to the natural sciences. His private collection of specimens formed the foundation of his museum at Tring which opened to the public in 1892. An eccentric character, Walter was fascinated by birds, butterflies and giant tortoises, and famously trained zebras to draw his carriage. His reputation and knowledge in the scientific community was so great that many newly discovered creatures and plants, from fleas to giraffes, were subsequently named after him and coined 'Rothschildi'. It is these species that provide the inspiration for the two contemporary artists in this new exhibition at Waddesdon.
 

On loan from the Natural History Museum at Tring the Rothschild specimens will be displayed alongside the two artists' contemporary interpretations. Appealing to families and fans of contemporary art and fashion, this exhibition celebrates nature's vibrant beauty and kaleidoscopic colour while highlighting the extraordinary passion and scientific knowledge of Walter Rothschild.

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Specimens will be on display alongside the art and dresses
Exhibition at the Coach House Gallery at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire
Specimens will be on display alongside the art and dresses