Shine on Me
The Sun and Us
An exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
Curator: Dr. Catherine Nichols
For the first time a special large-scale exhibition is taking a look at the star at the centre of our solar system from various perspectives. Objects and findings from the arts, cultural history and the natural sciences engage in a sensory dialogue on mankind’s intense relationship with the Sun, one which has shaped our lives for more than five thousand years. We have always been fascinated by our central star, but where does that universal fascination come from? What do we know about the Sun, and what mysteries remain concealed inside this sphere of hot plasma at 5,500 °C? From Ancient Egyptian worship rituals, alchemy and astrology to solariums, solar farms and solar probes to bikinis, bombs and pop music, the exhibition examines our Sun as a deity, an instrument of time, a symbol, a luminous force, a remedy, an energy source and, of course, a star.
The Dresden project gets underway in autumn 2018, almost concurrently with a NASA mission aiming to send a space probe as close to the Sun as possible. The exhibition sees itself as a sort of sister mission pursuing a similar objective: To enthral visitors to the exhibition and guide them as close as possible to the Sun phenomenon.