ann1806 — Announcement
Our Place in Space to open in Vienna
Astronomy and art combine in Hubble-inspired travelling exhibition
30 May 2018
For more than 28 years, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been expanding our cosmic horizons. Not only has Hubble has revealed and shared the beauty, wonder, and complexity of the Universe, but it has also brought astronomy to the public eye, greatly impacting our culture, society, and art.
In February 2017, the travelling exhibition Our Place in Space premiered in the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
Now, it is confirmed that Our Place in Space will be brought to Vienna, Austria, for the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union. From 19 June to 4 November 2018 it will be on display at the Natural History Museum Vienna.
By seamlessly integrating perspectives from both artists and astronomers, Our Place in Space inspires visitors to think about how humanity fits into the grand scheme of the Universe. By connecting with the local art community, it showcases the impact that Hubble has made on culture and society.
Our Place in Space features iconic Hubble images, extending from our own cosmic backyard — the faces of Mars, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, Saturn’s intense aurorae — out to a stunning selection of far-flung galaxies, nebulae, and other astronomical phenomena. But alongside the scientific interpretation of the Universe, the exhibition also taps into the vast imaginations of Austrian artists, who have produced pieces inspired by what Hubble has seen. This combination of images and videos, artworks and installations enables visitors to experience the different visions of astronomers and artists. This fusion of science and art provides a more unique and complete view of our Universe and our understanding of it. With the first presentation of the S.H.E.E. space habitat in Austria, the exhibition offers another highlight for the first week.
The exhibition at the Instituto Veneto was a stellar success, attracting nearly 30 000 visitors over the course of two months. It was then shown in the medieval town of Chiavenna, Italy, from 13 May to 20 August 2017, where it attracted more than 29 000 visitors. From May to September 2018 a version of the exhibition is on display at the ESO Supernova Planetarium & Visitor Centre in Garching, Germany. Further stops in other European countries are being considered.
Our Place in Space will be open to the public at the Natural History Museum Vienna seven days a week from 10:00 to 18:00 until 4 November 2018.
The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between ESA and NASA.
The Austrian edition of Our Place in Space is coordinated by the Natural History Museum Vienna, the GLOBART Think Tank, the University for Applied Arts Vienna and ESA/Hubble, in partnership with the Space Telescope Science Institute.
The costs for this exhibition are covered by sponsors as well as participating organisations. The sponsors include: The Natural History Museum Vienna, the European Space Agency, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, GLOBART, the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, and Austrospace.
The exhibition in Vienna is curated by Ulrike Kuchner and Antonella Nota.
The contributing artists are Monica LoCascio, Michael Bachhofer, Margit Busch & Solmaz Fahang, Anna Lerchbaumer & Eleni Boutsika-Palles, Daniela Brill, Yunchul Kim, Markus Reisinger, Payer Gabriel, Steinbrenner/Dempf, and Nives Widauer.
The exhibition executive committee consists of Ken Carpenter (NASA HST), Antonella Nota (ESA/STScI), Anna Caterina Bellati (Bellati Editore), Lars Lindberg Christensen (ESO & ESA/Hubble), Carol Christian (STScI), Roger Davies (University of Oxford, UK), Hussein Jirdeh (STScI), Mathias Jäger (ESA/Hubble) and Joel Green (STScI).
The Vienna executive committee consists of Ulrike Kuchner (University of Vienna, University of Nottingham, GLOBART), Heidemarie Dobner (GLOBART), Fabian Rogatschnig (GLOBART), Christian Koeberl (Natural History Museum Vienna), Reinhard Golebiowski (Natural History Museum Vienna), Agnes Mair (Natural History Museum Vienna), Virgil Widrich (University of Applied Arts Vienna), Nemanja Popadic (University of Applied Arts Vienna), and Karl Salzmann (University of Applied Arts Vienna).
Our Place in Space Vienna curator
ESA HST Project Scientist, STScI
ESA/Hubble, Public Information Officer
Garching bei München, Germany
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