Aby Warburg: Picture Atlas Mnemosyne - The Original
In the 1920s, the art and cultural scholar Aby Warburg developed his picture atlas Mnemosyne. For this project, he studied the motivic interactions between works of art from antiquity and the Renaissance to contemporary culture. In order to make the historically recurring visual themes and patterns recognisable, Warburg placed images of historical artworks from the Middle East and Europe next to contemporary newspaper clippings and advertisements in his atlas.
His method set new standards: motifs and representations were considered across epochs for the first time. His work crossed disciplinary boundaries between art history, philosophy and anthropology and was fundamental to today's disciplines of image and media studies.
Warburg's approach still offers great inspiration and alternative routes for our visually and digitally dominated world. On 63 large panels, the exhibition shows for the first time and almost completely, the last documented version of the atlas with Warburg's original visual material.
Curated by Roberto Ohrt and Axel Heil with the Warburg Institute, London, in cooperation with the Bundeskunsthalle.
Produced by the House of World Cultures, Berlin
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