Ceramic art is a clever foil for a collector’s science teaching aids | Artificial intelligence

At the Surreal show cunningly crafted create a fantastical experiment out of a master collection of 19th-century scientific teaching

lemons

Francesco Garnier Valletti 
Two boxes of wax fruits (lemons and peaches)
19th century

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Image, Courtesy George Loudon Collection, Photograph by Rosamond Purcell

Surreal Science: Loudon Collection with Salvatore Arancio, Whitechapel Gallery, London, to 6 January 2019

WHENEVER the artist Salvatore Arancio visits a new city, he heads for the nearest natural history museum. He goes partly for research: his eclectic output, spanning photography and ceramics, explores how we categorise and try to understand natural and geological processes.

In the main, though, Arancio wants to be overwhelmed. “A lot of these collections are so vast, after a …

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