Periodic Tales: The Art of the Elements

Compton Verney

3 October – 13 December 2015

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Taking its title from Hugh Aldersey-Williams' best-selling book, this exhibition explores how elements in the Periodic Table have inspired artists.

This is the first exhibition to focus on the use of the periodic elements in art, showing how the likes of David Nash, Fiona Banner, Roger Hiorns, Tania Kovats, Marc Quinn and Eduardo Paolozzi have incorporated materials such as gold, copper, tin, mercury, lead, aluminum, chromium, cobalt, and sulphur in their work.

On display are Antony Gormley’s lifesize iron man, Cornelia Parker's flattened silverware and Kate William’s scaled down version of the nuclear power plant, made from uranium glass. Compton Verney has also commissioned two new pieces to represent neon and carbon by Tim Etchells and Annie Cattrell respectively.

Venue information

Opening times

19 Mar – 11 Dec
Tue – Sun, Bank Holiday Mon, 11am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm and park closes at 6pm)

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