Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life is now open at the Wellcome Collection in London and examines our relationship with dirt through history. We bring you some of the wonderful images from the exhibition.
A major new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London takes a closer look at attitudes to dirt throughout history. Using six very different places as a starting point, the exhibition claims to uncover a rich history of disgust and delight in the grimy truths and dirty secrets of our past.
Around 200 artefacts are on show, spanning visual art, documentary photography, cultural ephemera, scientific objects, as well as film and literature. Highlights include paintings by Pieter de Hooch, the earliest sketches of bacteria and John Snow’s ‘ghost map’ of cholera, as well as a range of contemporary art.
Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life runs until 31 August 2011 and is free for visitors. You can find out more about the Wellcome Collection and the exhibition by visiting their website at www.wellcomecollection.org.