Now, an entire exhibition is being dedicated to the planet-saving properties of these flexible fungi. Somerset House will present Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, which promises to be a diverse exploration of the role that mushrooms have played and will play across art, science, architecture and design.
The humble mushroom seems to be key to unlocking sustainability to spores – or rather scores – of different industries. Learn how they're being used to grow new building materials, or new textiles and shoes which could revolutionise the fashion industry – where mushrooms are also very much in vogue.
The mushroom motif continues in art with works by American artist Cy Twombly, author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, Japanese artist Takeshi Murakami and more exploring the magical effect that mushrooms have had on artistic imaginations. There will also be some multi-sensory events to complement the exhibition, and we hope to bag a spot at TABLE, a mushroom-themed dining experience curated by Michelin-starred chef and food writer Skye Gyngell.
It's high time these groovy, versatile, live-giving, and delicious organisms were given the attention they deserve, and no doubt this exhibition will offer us some good grounding.
|What||Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi|
|Where||Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Temple (underground)|
31 Jan 20 – 26 Apr 20, Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sundays 10AM – 6PM, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 11AM – 8PM
|Website||Click here for tickets and information|