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Symposium 2013

In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

The Science of Art and the Art of Science

Symposium on the occasion of Kulturherbst Winterthur

Picture Gallery
18-19 October 2013

Lawnmower and Bell, One Red Ribbon

Performances by the Swiss artist Roman Signer

Picture Gallery and Garden
20 October 2013

Kulturherbst Winterthur - on the interaction of art and science - was a joint venture by cultural institutions in Winterthur, which was running from 6 September to 16 November 2013. The Oskar Reinhart Collection ‘Am Römerholz' hosted a symposium investigating key features of this interdisciplinary topic in various contexts from the Renaissance to the present day. The symposium explored and expanded on programmes presented by other institutions as well as focusing on concrete connections with the contents of the collections in Winterthur. Internationally renowned experts in all areas were invited to speak at the symposium. In the breaks between papers there was ample opportunity for members of the audience to meet and to exchange views with the speakers.

The first session concentrated on the special affinity of art and science in the early modern era. Topics included the Wunderkammer of that time, forms of mediation used in the museums of natural science that arose from the Wunderkammer, significant developments in numismatics from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, technical innovation in paint production in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the depiction of the skin and its layers in medical illustrations in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

In view of the wealth of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art in collections in Winterthur, there was a special focus on scientific connections to art from Impressionism to Classical Modernism. The speakers discussed subjects ranging from the relationship between art and psychology to the importance of geometry and optics to painting, sculpture and photography. The third and final session of the symposium was devoted to the connections between music, theatre and science.

An additional discussion explored whether science does not also have certain artistic traits. And, as a concluding highlight, there were two performances by the leading Swiss artist Roman Signer demonstrating ways in which present-day art and science may become one.

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