new exhibitions

40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ
020 7841 3600

Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. 11 adults, 8.25 conc. (incl. gift aid), Free under 16s

undergroundRussell Square / King’s Cross / Euston / Bus 7, 59, 68, 91, 98, 168, 188

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Sep 29, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Curated by Dr Jacqueline Riding, Basic Instincts explores Georgian attitudes to love, desire and female respectability through the radical paintings of Joseph Highmore. A highly successful artist and Governor of London’s Foundling Hospital, Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. However, during the 1740s his art dramatically shifted as he turned his focus to societal attitudes towards women and sexuality. This first major Highmore exhibition for 50 years explores a ten-year period of disruptive commentary in his art, reflecting his engagement with the work of the new Foundling Hospital and its mission to support desperate and abused women.
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Jan 19 - Jun 6, 2018
The Lost Words is a unique collaborative project between award-winning author Robert Macfarlane, and acclaimed artist and author Jackie Morris, in response to their belief that nature is in retreat from our children’s stories and imaginations. The exhibition presents a new series of poems and accompanying illustrations that conjure the beauty of nature, for visitors of all ages.
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Jan 19 - Jun 6, 2018
We display a series of original illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman produced for Lucky Button, a new book by Foundling Fellow Michael Morpurgo.

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May 25 - Sep 2, 2018
British artist Jodie Carey has created three striking site-responsive installations for London’s Foundling Museum. A sea of delicate, ceramic fragments produced from fired clay-covered fabric swatches covers the gallery floor. Upstairs two monumental works made from plaster and bronze cast in the earth are set amongst the historic Collection. On display for the first time, these poignant works encourage visitors to reflect on the elemental nature of the Foundling Hospital story – of love, loss and survival.
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