The Hidden Beauty of Seed & Fruits is on display for the first time, with 59 beautiful prints showcasing specimens from the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Using his bespoke camera system and photo-stacking techniques, Levon set up a studio in the herbarium where the seeds and fruits are stored and produced the photographs over a period of six months. The frames for this exhibition were hand built by Levon using locally sourced timber during the first Covid-19 lockdown of 2020 and each frame incorporates the botanical label for the specimen in the photograph.
The Microsculpture exhibition has been touring since its launch in 2016, with exhibitions across Europe, U.A.E. and the USA. It has received numerous awards and recognition around the world as a unique and inspiring body of work that has taken the genre of macro photography to an entirely new level.
The Microsculpture exhibition is available to licence for public exhibition. The size requirement is flexible for all museums or galleries and with the licence to print option the show can be designed to suit your specific venue. Also included with the exhibition is the touch screen app, behind-the-scenes video and graphics panel text. Location and timings permitting, Levon can also be booked to provide a talk at the exhibition opening.
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Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
28th May - 26th September 2021
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
Steinhardt Museum of Natural History
Tel Aviv, Israel
4th December 2019 - Summer 2020
2020 is set to be a big year for the Microsculpture exhibition. There are currently 3 exhibitions on display in Sweden, Australia and now Israel. The ever popular show will be on display at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv for 6 months and admission is free. Alongside the photography are interactive displays and specimens from the museum's collection. Events and workshops will be run during Microsculpture's stay in Israel, details of which will be posted on the museum website.
28th September 2019 - 31st July 2020
Microsculpture opens in Sweden! The exhibition continues to travel through Europe and will be displayed at the Naturhistoriska riksmuseet museum in Stockholm until 31st July 2020, so there is plenty of time to see the giant insects in person! As you walk through the exhibition there are also beautifully preserved specimens from the museum's collections on display to provide a wonderful sense of scale.
Later in 2019 and early 2020 there will be Microsculpture exhibitions opening in Israel, France and Australia. Plenty to look forward to!
Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden, Edingburgh, Scotland
29th June - 10th November 2019
Displayed in the stunning Inverleith House, the Microsculpture exhibition is presented over two floors and includes all of the 3 meter prints. Due to popularity, the exhibition has been extended until 10th November. After this the show will be leaving the UK with exhibitions in France, Israel, Sweden and Australia. More news on the future exhibitions will be announced on the website and Levon's social media channels.
Maastricht Natural History Museum
Maastricht, The Netherlands
8th December 2018 — 21st April 2019
To finish off a very busy 2019 for the Microsculpture exhibition there is a new show now open in the Netherlands. The Maastricht Natural History Museum is a beautiful venue for the giant insects where they are displayed in numerous locations throughout the museum. Alongside the Microsculpture exhibition they have many different historic collections that are suitable for all ages, so if you are travelling that way we suggest you pay a visit.
The current U.S. exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science closes on the 13th January, so this is your last chance to see the giant bugs before they fly off!
Houston Museum of Natural Science
13th July 2018 — 13th January 2019
Microsculpture has finally made it to the USA! After two years of touring Europe the first American show is currently on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It’s a great honour to have Microsculpture exhibited one of the most visited and prominent museums in the USA and the exhibition is one of the biggest so far, providing the audience with a unique and unforgettable experience.
As always, the giant 3m prints are on display in a beautifully designed exhibition space, plus there is an opportunity to play with the images on various touchscreens around the show. Best of all, Microsculpture will run in Houston until early 2019 so there is plenty of time to visit. Enjoy!
4th May 2018 — 5th August 2018
The second show of 2018 is now open in Germany at the Hessischer Landesmuseum. Undoubtedly one of the most atmospheric displays of the Microsculpture project so far, the exhibition includes all of the giant prints, interactive touchscreens and real insects.
Also on display are a range of beautiful crafted haptic models that enable the viewer to touch and feel the contours and textures of the microscopic forms, a wonderful addition to the show! The exhibition is open for three months so if you are in the Frankfurt area make time to pop along to Darmstadt and experience the giant bugs! The Microsculpture exhibition is also still on show at Naturama in Denmark and closes 25th November, so there is plenty of time to catch that exhibition too.
6th February — 25th November 2018
The first Microsculpture exhibition of 2018 is now open in Svendborg in Denmark. After a hugely successful show at the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen, the giant insects will be staying in Denmark for another 10 months! At the same time Microsculpture will be exhibited at the Hessischer Landesmueum in Darmstadt, Germany between 4th May - 5th August 2018. If that is not enough, Microsculpture will be travelling to the USA later in the year, details of which will be posted on microsculpture.net and Levon’s social media channels. Stay tuned for an exciting 2018!
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel
1st September — 29th October 2017
A section of the Microsculpture works are currently being shown at the Natural History Museum of Basel in Switzerland. Providing a contrast in scale, the giant photographic prints are displayed alongside some of the museums fine insect collection. The show is open until the end of October so don’t leave it too late to get along and see it for yourself! This Basel show will also coincide with the publication of the Microsculpture book, published by Abrams on the 10th October. Keep an eye out on the Microsculpture website and Levon’s social media channels to find out more about book events.
Horizons Environmental Photo Festival
May 20th — June 5th 2017
The first outdoor Microsculpture exhibition was held at the Horizons Photo Festival, showing a section of images up to 4.5m in height. The spa town of Zingst on the Baltic Sea provided a perfect setting for a series of outdoor exhibitions and was visited by over 40,000 people over the 2 week festival.
Natural History Museum of Denmark
18th May 2017 — 19th November 2017
The second major Microsculpture exhibition of 2017 is being held at the National History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. The show will run for 6 months and is expected to be a popular feature in the city for the summer, incorporating educational days and science talks promoting the understanding of the insect world. Levon will also be taking part in the museum’s Wine & Science event on September 12th where he’ll be discussing the Microsculpture project and new work.
Salone del Mobile in conjunction with Moooi
4th — 9th April 2017
Have you ever seen a 9m Grasshopper? Well, in a unique collaboration Levon teamed up with the furniture and lighting designer Moooi for an unforgettable show at the 2017 Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy. The joint exhibition displayed the Microsculpture portraits in the largest sizes so far, providing a backdrop for Moooi’s beautiful collection. The partnership is to continue in 2017 with shows in New York and Amsterdam.
Neues Museum Biel
11th February — 26th April 2017
2017 started with a wonderful Microsculpture exhibition at the NMB Museum in Biel, Switzerland. The show took over the entire gallery, being displayed in all four rooms. Also on display were the actual insects from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, providing the audience with a real sense of scale and a unique visual experience.
Xposure International Photography Festival
12th — 15th October 2017
Levon Biss was invited to the Xposure International Phtography Festival alongside a selection of respected artists including Don McCullin, Davd Alan Harvey, David Yarrow, Stephen Wilkes and Tom Stoddart. As well as delivering talks on his work, Levon presented eighteen full size prints in a gallery space built especially for Microsculpture.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
27th May 2016 — 29th January 2017
The official launch of the Microsculpture series took place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Surrounded by the museum’s Neo-Gothic architecture, the insect portraits from Microsculpture were exhibited on the main court and received over 450,000 visitors during it’s 8 month residency.