The Marvellous Mechanical Museum

Compton Verney

30 June – 30 September 2018

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An exhibition exploring the boundaries of what is lifelike and what is alive by reimagining the spectacular automata exhibitions of the 18th century.

Fabergé Silver Elephant Automaton, Royal Collection Trust

Automata have always been fascinating to us. Throughout history they have represented the human condition and allowed us to view ourselves and raise questions about our existence. They have also entertained and amazed us with spectacular musical performances and simulations of life.

This exhibition includes early and rare automata and clockwork dating back to the 17th century from collections such as the British Museum, V&A and Royal Collection alongside new commissions by contemporary artists exploring our current and often complex relationship with technology.

From a miniature Faberge moving elephant to the uncanny Crimson Prince by kinetic artist Tim Lewis, the exhibition also includes work by Sarah Angliss & Caroline Radcliffe, Ting Tong Chang, James Cox, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Jane Edden, Rowland Emett, Ron Fuller, Fi Henshall, Rebecca Horn, Tim Hunkin, Peter Markey, John Joseph Merlin, Keith Newstead, Stuart Patience, Henry Phalibois, Harrison Pearce, Rodney Peppe, Sam Smith and Paul Spooner.

Venue information

Opening times

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

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)