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Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne

The Original

Aby Warburg, Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, panel 39 (recovered, detail) | Photo: Wootton / fluid; Courtesy The Warburg Institute

Aby Warburg, Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, panel 39 (recovered, detail) | Photo: Wootton / fluid; Courtesy The Warburg Institute

Video: Caro & Kaspar

 
Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne | Exhibition view | © Silke Briel / HKW

Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne | Exhibition view | © Silke Briel / HKW

Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne | Exhibition view | © Silke Briel / HKW

Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne | Exhibition view | © Silke Briel / HKW

Aby Warburg, Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, panel C (recovered, detail) | Photo: Wootton / fluid; Courtesy The Warburg Institute

Aby Warburg, Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, panel C (recovered, detail) | Photo: Wootton / fluid; Courtesy The Warburg Institute

Aby Warburg, Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, panels 6 & 77 (recovered) | Photo: Wootton / fluid; Courtesy The Warburg Institute

Aby Warburg, Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, panels 6 & 77 (recovered) | Photo: Wootton / fluid; Courtesy The Warburg Institute

Aby Warburg with Gertrud Bing and Franz Alber in front of Warburg’s panel design, Rome, Palace Hotel, May 1929

Aby Warburg with Gertrud Bing and Franz Alber in front of Warburg’s panel design, Rome, Palace Hotel, May 1929

In the 1920s, the historian of art and culture Aby Warburg (1866-1929) created his Bilderatlas Mnemosyne tracing recurring visual themes and patterns across time, from antiquity to the Renaissance and beyond to contemporary culture. His approach provides inspiration for today’s visually and digitally dominated world. At HKW all 63 panels of the Atlas will be recovered for the first time from Warburg’s original images. Now, a 3D tour makes it possible to also view the exhibition remotely as well as the Gemäldegalerie exhibition Between Cosmos and Pathos that shows artworks ranging from prehistory and early history through to the modern age that Warburg used as the basis for his encyclopaedic image collection. More about the exhibition…

On the occasion of the exhibition Hatje Cantz publishes two publications: A folio volume gathers the 63 plates of Warburg’s Atlas – newly photographed from the original, multi-colored images and the 20 panels from the previous versions in black and white along with essays by Axel Heil, Roberto Ohrt, Bernd Scherer, Bill Sherman and Claudia Wedepohl. Another volume with extensive commentaries by the curators will be published in Spring 2021.

The exhibition is curated by Roberto Ohrt and Axel Heil in cooperation with the Warburg Institute.

Part of The New Alphabet

The program at HKW, including exhibitions, is cancelled due to the current situation. Tickets that have already been purchased will be taken back and refunded. Ticket holders will be contacted proactively by email by our ticket office (ticketinfo@berlinerfestspiele.de).

Exhibition, conference, publication

Sep 4–Nov 1, 2020

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Selection of books accompanying the exhibition
To the web shop of b_books (in German)

Virtual exhibition tour

Virtual exhibition tour

Videos



Interrogating the Atlas – Episode 1

With Axel Heil, Roberto Ohrt, Erhard Schüttpelz, Claudia Wedepohl



Interrogating the Atlas – Episode 2

With Axel Heil, Roberto Ohrt, Johannes von Müller, Erhard Schüttpelz, Claudia Wedepohl

Gertrud Bing and Aby Warburg. Sharing the Denkraum.

Laura Tack, author of a monograph on Gertrud Bing, and the cultural theorist Clio Nicastro investigate the presence of Gertrud Bing in the exhibition.

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