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News | Published: Thu 3 Dec 2009

ImageExhibition of the Year award for Fitzwilliam's Darwin exhibition

This acclaimed exhibition, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum this year from 16 June to 4 October, attracted the Museum’s largest ever audience for a single exhibition with over 90,000 visitors.

Apollo Magazine, which awards Endless Forms the ‘Exhibition of the Year’ title in its current December awards issue, praised its curators Diana Donald and Jane Munro for their "intellectually persuasive and visually enthralling case for the influence of Darwinian thought on artists in the second half of the 19th century". Apollo call the exhibition "a rare, and very successful, example of an exhibition that combined a strong argument with powerful aesthetic pleasure."

Featuring more than 200 objects and works of art from around the world, and pairing paintings, drawings and sculpture with photographs, scientific studies and natural history specimens, Endless Forms explored Charles Darwin’s radical effect upon visual culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition was hailed as "the best show of the year" by the Daily Telegraph, "the most important and interesting of this year's anniversary exhibitions" by the Independent, and "brilliantly conceived and thought-provoking" by the Sunday Times.

Organised by The Fitzwilliam Museum is association with the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, the exhibition in Cambridge was been funded by the Wellcome Trust as part of Darwin200 - a national programme celebrating Darwin's life, work and impact - and The Philecology Foundation, with additional support from Cambridge University Press and other donors.

Discover more about this exhibition at the Endless Forms website