Brains: The mind as matter
Thursday 29 March 2012 - Sunday 17 June 2012
Our major new free exhibition seeks to explore
what humans have done to brains in the name of medical
intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and
Featuring over 150 artefacts including
real brains, artworks, manuscripts, artefacts, videos and
photography, 'Brains' follows the long quest to manipulate and
decipher the most unique and mysterious of human organs, whose
secrets continue to confound and inspire.
'Brains' asks not what brains do to us, but
what we have done to brains, focusing on the bodily presence of the
organ rather than investigating the neuroscience of the mind.
Browse through a range of images from the exhibition.
A series of events are taking place to support the 'Brains' exhibition.
A short documentary made at Hammersmith Hospital in London where recently preserved human brains are dissected according to an international protocol.
Grow your neuron and connect new brain regions in this fast-paced game.
View and explore the external surface of a real brain.
Take a look inside the book that accompanies the exhibition.
Enhance your visit to 'Brains' by joining one of our free perspectives tours.
How well do you know your brain? From smart drugs and love to alcohol, the free Big Picture Debates the Brain discusses social and ethical questions about the human brain. Download the free app for iPad or access the online version.
'Brains' image credit: Headache (2008) by Helen Pynor. Courtesy
the artist and GV Art.