A series of extraordinary images by German Biologist, Ernst Haeckel will go on show at The Deep from 1 September. This is the first time Haeckel’s work has been showcased in a public gallery in the UK since his death in 1919.


Haeckel was a German Biologist, who discovered and named thousands of new species. In 1899 he began to publish a series of extraordinary images that changed the way we viewed the relationship between Art and Science. He also coined many biological terms that we use today – phylogeny, phylum and stem cell – the most notable being the word ecology.

100 of his images were put together to create 10 volumes of Art Forms of Nature. Many of the organisms included within these collections were first described and classified by Haeckel himself. This stunning combination remains, to this day, an astounding record of life on earth.

These images have been reproduced with the cooperation of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Library, which houses a wide range of modern and historic books on the subjects of animals and their conservation, along with a huge catalogue of journals and magazines, the ZSL archives, zoo-related ephemera and unique artworks.

Ann Sylph from the Zoological Society of London Library, said: “We are delighted to contribute to this exhibition. Haeckel’s beautiful work has been held in our archives for years and it’s wonderful to see this work on show for the public to see.”

Haeckel’s work will be on display in The Deeps 3rd floor gallery from 1 September until late October.

These images have been reproduced with the generous co-operation of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Library. They hold a unique collection of journals and book on animal’s conservation, along with zoo-related ephemera and unique artworks.


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