Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences
21 November 2018 – 27 April 2019

Peter Kogler - Collage

Collage: Peter Kogler, Bildvorlagen: Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London und Siemens Healthineers


The academic field dealing with the inner structure of the body is directly at the interface of art and science. The precise documentation of the body for teaching purposes was formerly mostly the result of close collaboration between visual artists and anatomists. While macroscopic anatomy deals with things that are visible to the naked eye, today’s focus is on cell biology and, therefore, on the molecular level.

The BODYSCAN exhibition features more than 50 pieces from a treasure chest of anatomical representations as well as both old and contemporary works of art on the subject. In a showcase display specially designed for the exhibition, exquisite ›Cabinet of Curiosities‹ (curated by Kunstkammer owner Georg Laue) are arranged next to contemporary works of art, anatomical charts, moulages, paper-maché models and pop cultural objects such as morphsuits, magazine covers or science fiction trailers (conceptual consultant: Peter Kogler). Visitors will also have the opportunity to travel through the body with groundbreaking imaging technologies. The exhibition offers a fascinating, interdisciplinary view of the human body.

The Next Humans – the exhibition's related science lectures and discussions provide participants with insights into current, cutting edge results of molecular genetics and will be presided over by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Blum. The focus will be on research involving pluripotent stem cells and genome editing (CRISPR / Cas9 gene scissors), the biotechnological fusion of man and machine as well as ethical questions arising from genetic engineering possibilities.

Artists: Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Josef Breitenbach, Günter Brus, Allen Ginsberg, Anna Jermolaewa, Josef Knoll, Peter Kogler, Paul McCarthy, Matt Mullican, Eadweard Muybridge, Bruce Nauman, Meret Oppenheim, Seth Price, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, Kiki Smith, Jeff Wall, James Sibley Watson

Scientists: Dr. Hubertus Butin, Prof. Dr. Toni Cathomen, Prof. Dr. Christiane Druml, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang U. Eckart, Dr. Axel Lange, Prof. Dr. Hans Schöler, Prof. Dr. Reinhard Putz


Bodyscan - Katalog

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, 176 pages (german/english), EUR 10,00
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Objects in Baroque Cabinets of Curiosity

Augenmodell - um 1680

Augenmodell, um 1680, Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Écorché - um 1780

Écorché, um 1780, Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Großer Korallenbaum - 17. Jahrhundert

Großer Korallenbaum, 17. Jh., Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Weiblicher Wendekopf - 17. Jahrhundert

Weiblicher Wendekopf, 17. Jh., Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Anatomical Educational Aids and Books

Gehirn-Schnittmodell - um 1870

Gehirn-Schnittmodell, um 1870

Lehrtafel - 1752

Lehrtafel, 1752

Vesalius - anatomischer Atlas - 1543

Vesalius, anatomischer Atlas, 1543

Farbatlas der Anatomie - 1988

Farbatlas der Anatomie, 1988

Science-Fiction Film Sequences

Excerpts from motion pictures such as Fantastic Voyage by Richard Fleischer (1966) or Ghost in the Shell by Rupert Sanders (2017)

Visualization Technologies in Medicine

Cinematic Rendering des Gehirns - 2017

Cinematic Rendering des Gehirns, 2017, © Siemens Healtineers

Virtual Reality Platform - 2018

Virtual Reality Platform, 2018, © CeMM Wien

The Visible Human Project - 1994-95

The Visible Human Project, 1994/95, © U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Scientific Program – The Next Human

Friday, 30 November 2018, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang U. Eckart, until 2017 Director of the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine, University of Heidelberg
Anatomy in Science and Art. From Vesalius to Nazi Aesthetics to Modern »Body Worlds«

Monday, 28 January 2019, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Hans Schöler, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster
From the skin cell to the pluripotent stem cell – a testube revolution

Monday, 11 February 2019, 7 pm

Dr. Axel Lange, theoretical biologist, EvoDevo expert and author
Human Evolution – on biotechnology and the fusion of man and technology

Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Toni Cathomen, Director of the Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Gene Therapy, University of Freiburg
Genome Editing – The DNA Revolution. How CRISPR / Cas gene scissors will change the world

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Prof. Dr. Christiane Druml, lawyer, bioethicist, Director of the Josephinum, Vienna
Pandora's box: bioethics, nature and human enhancement

Art meets Science

Saturday, 12 January 2019, 3 pm

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Putz, Curator of the Anatomical State Collection
A personal tour of the permanent exhibition at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Saturday, 26 January 2019, 3 pm

Dr. Axel Lange, evolutionary biologist
The Emergence of the Hand as an Art Form of Nature
Followed by a tour of selected works with one of the exhibition’s curators

Saturday, 2 March 2019, 3 pm

Dr. Hubertus Butin, art historian
Can People See Atoms or Molecules? - Gerhard Richter's »First Look« in the Context of Nanotechnological Visualizations


Ausschnitt aus: Bayerns Leonardo da Vinci – und andere Rätsel
© BR Fernsehen, 30. April 2019, Angelika Lizius

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