Colour Decoding

Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee

4 April – 23 May 2015

Mon-Fri 09.30-20.30 Sat 09.30-16.30

selection of images from Colour Decoding

This exhibition explores the theme of colour in both art and science. Using objects and artworks from the University’s Museum Collections it highlights the way colour acts on our senses and in the world around us.

The show features some of our liveliest paintings and prints along with beautiful iridescent birds from the Zoology Museum, gorgeous fabrics and embroideries from our textile collection and early colour blindness tests from the Tayside Medical History Museum.

Among the most unusual objects included are those collected in the 1960s and 70s by R P Cook, a biochemist working at the University who was fascinated by the science of colour, and collected a number of unusual objects including a fragment of red guardsman’s uniform from the Crimean War and a jar of Indian Yellow dye made from the urine of cows fed on mango leaves.


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