IMAGES OF THE MIND IN ART AND SCIENCE
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum: 23 JULY to 31 OCTOBER 2011
Moravian Gallery in Brno / Moravská galerie v Brně: 8 December 2011 to 18 March 2012
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Images of the Mind looks at the human mind as a visual phenomenon - from Antiquity to the present day. Today our concepts of the mind are coloured by the computer-generated brain images of neuroscience that we regularly see published in the mass media. But can these aesthetically appealing brain scans actually achieve more than making the biological, chemical and physiological aspects of the brain visible? What do they tell us about the mind itself? Do such representations help us to understand better what human beings are?
The exhibition seizes on the topical discussion about the validity and significance of these scientific visualisations to consider, against a broader backdrop, the role that images play in the understanding of cognitive abilities. Indeed, the age-old interest of artists and philosophers in the human mind has also yielded a wealth of image traditions. In a unique compilation of outstanding works of art and significant images from the world of science, Images of the Mind showcases the mind as both a cultural and a biological phenomenon. The impressive exhibits on show illustrate the way in which these various phenomenological insights have influenced, inspired and complemented one another. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in the fascinating worlds of images created by artists and scientists in their bid to chart and explore the inner continents that lie within the human being.
The oldest works include mediaeval manuscripts, anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, and portraits by artists such as Lucas Cranach the Elder and Rembrandt. Other highlights include works by artists such as Max Beckmann, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Josef Beuys, Bill Viola and Antony Gormley. Not to mention the photographs, drawings and diagrams by Sigmund Freud and Nobel Prize Laureates Camillo Golgi and Ramón y Cajal as well as numerous examples of the very latest imaging methods from renowned neuroscience institutes.
Colleen M. Schmitz (Deutsches Hygiene-Museum), Dr. Ladislav Kesner (Mährische Galerie Brünn)
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