Mark Dion
Theatre of the Natural World
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Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Vue d'exposition

Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Mark Dion, The Wonder Workshop, © Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Mark Dion, Hunting Blind The Glutton

Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Mark Dion, The Library for the Birds of London (detail), 2018, mixed media; steel, wood, books, zebra finches, and found objects, installation view of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018
© Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Mark Dion, The Library for the Birds of London (detail), 2018, mixed media; steel, wood, books, zebra finches, and found objects, installation view of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018
© Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

Theatre of the Natural World

Theatre of the Natural World

Mark Dion, The Library for the Birds of London (detail), 2018, mixed media; steel, wood, books, zebra finches, and found objects, installation view of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018
© Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

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Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens, natural and manmade, to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories.

We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. A scholar's study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while the Bureau for the Centre of the Study for Surrealism and its Legacy displays the strange magic of obsolete things. The muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while a Dickensian Curiosity Shop tempts us with the bizarre aura of American bric-a-brac. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.