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Cover of the exhebition »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas«

Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas

Reconstruction – Commentary – Revision

01.09.2016 – 13.11.2016, ZKM_Atrium 1+2

Description

To mark the 150th birthday of the cultural scientist Aby Warburg (1866–1929), the ZKM is exhibiting a complete reconstruction of his Mnemosyne picture atlas in its original size. Warburg developed this comprehen­sive and unusual instrument in his last years. All 63 panels are presented for the first time with a detailed commentary, combining the findings from Warburg’s writings with an analysis of his visual language. Due to his sudden death, it was long assumed that the work was a fragment. Even at the end of the 20th century, after the panels were first published as a book, the »Mnemosyne Atlas« remained a legend. Warburg examined the »Afterlife of the Antiquity« with its foundation in European culture. In the open structure of his picture systems, he showed how images and gestures — that he called »Pathosformeln« [expressions of pathos] — were passed on across cultures and periods of time.
 
The atlas lists the »Wanderstrassen of culture« and follows the long voyages of images on their »vehicles«, called »Bilderfahrzeuge«: Calendars, carpets, graphics. As the first »media scientist«, he extended the art history of masterpieces to fashion, advertising and everyday culture. Pinning black and white photographic reproductions on black-strung boards, Warburg created constellations that made cross-epochal inferences visible.

In addition to Warburg’s Atlas, an artistic update of the instrument »Bildertafel« will be shown, 12 panels created specially for the exhibi­- tion by Linda Yasmine Fregni Nagler, Andy Hope 1930, Albert Oehlen, Tal R, Elfie Semotan, Sarah Lehnerer, Olaf Metzel, Christian Vind, Jannis Marwitz, Jochen Lempert, Matt Mullican, and Peter Weibel.

Artists and scientists

Andy Hope 1930, Linda Fregni-Nagler, Sarah Lehnerer, Jochen Lempert, Jannis Marwitz, Olaf Metzel, Matt Mullican, Albert Oehlen, Tal R, Elfie Semotan, Christian Vind, research group MNEMOSYNE (represented by Axel Heil, Roberto Ohrt, Christian Rothmaler, Philipp Schwalb and Regine Steenbock) and Peter Weibel.

Credits
  • Historische Aufnahme der Bildertafeln von Aby Warburg in der Hamburger Bibliothek
    • Axel Heil, Margrit Brehm and Roberto Ohrt
    • Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, 2016
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German
    • The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby M. Warburg (1866–1929) was a pioneer of the modern study of art and visual culture. Before the First World War, he made his professional name as an expert in Florentine art through a comparatively small number...

  • Abbildung der Publikation »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas«
    • Forschungsgruppe Mnemosyne | 8. Salon
    • Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas
    • Kartoffelverlag; Universal-futur-Bitch-press; ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, 2016
    • Anthology
    • Language: German
    • On the occasion of the exhibition »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Picture Atlas«, the booklet series »Baustelle« (2012 - 2016) by the research group Mnemosyne and 8. Salon is re-published in an improved edition with commentaries on all 63 plates and with...

  • Cover der Publikation »Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Atlas«: Schwarzweißfoto einer der Bildtafeln
    • Axel Heil, Margrit Brehm and Roberto Ohrt
    • Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas (English)
    • ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, 2016
    • Exhibition brochure
    • Language: German
    • The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby M. Warburg (1866–1929) was a pioneer of the modern study of art and visual culture. Before the First World War, he made his professional name as an expert in Florentine art through a comparatively small number...

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