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OUTER SPACE : THE SPACE BETWEEN ART AND SCIENCE is part of the exhibition Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science to be held in October at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn. The latter is a mecca for temporary exhibitions and offers a varied program of cultural events of international fame. The art, cultural history, science and technology are its favorite themes.

Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science exhibition will feature, for the first time, a mix of all these themes and will present cultural items, as wells as science and Sci-Fi movie one, from collections, around the great theme of Space.

Wide open realm of research and projections, outer space has always inspired a sense of yearning and curiosity. What is the origin of the universe? Where do we come from? Is there intelligent life on other planets? These questions spur philosophers and natural scientists, writers, filmmakers and artists, fantasists and visionaries in equal measure. There has always been an intense exchange between culture and science: scientific and technological findings have found their way into the work of artists, while conversely, visionary ideas and designs have inspired science.

Outer Space investigates the interface between culture and science in 12 associative chapters that range from space travel artefacts, scientific exhibits and science fiction to the varied ways artists have responded to the subject throughout history.? An exhibition of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, in cooperation with German Aerospace Center (DLR) ?and The exhibition is under the patronage of the German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.

Since time immemorial, space has been a place of yearning, a projection surface and the object of questing inquisitiveness. How did the universe evolve? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Are we alone? Are there other intelligent civilisations in the universe? What might life on other planets look like? Will we be able to make contact with aliens, should they exist? Philosophers, scientists, writers, film makers, artists, spiritual leaders, wackos, and visionaries alike are fascinated by these questions.

In this deliberately heterogeneous show key topics relating to outer space are represented in twelve evocatively designed areas (caves): from gravitation, extraterrestrials, the sun, moon, and stars, and rockets to black holes and UFOs. The exhibits include artefacts from space travel (spacesuits, objects that flew with astronauts, spiders, instruments etc.) and astronomy (telescopes, celestial maps etc.), documentary material (magazines, photographs, manuscripts, etc.), moon dust and meteorites, films ( 's objects), comics, space design, early photographs of the moon, masterpieces of art history (i.e. William Turner, Peter Paul Rubens), works of Classic Modernism (i.e. Max Ernst, Odilon Redon, Gustave Guillaumet), contemporary art (i.e. Björn Dahlem and Lee Bontecou), and multimedia installations (i.e. Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Via Lewandosky).

Space Travel Today

The first flights that enabled the departure from earth by overcoming gravity, manned space travel, and the landing on the Moon in 1969 reached a spectacular peak in the twentieth century. In the year 2000, mankind was provided with an outpost in space in the shape of the international space station ISS. In May 2014 the German astronaut Alexander Gerst landed there for a six-month stay. Also in 2014, the space probe Rosetta is expected to conclude its 7.1 billion-kilometre journey to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko where it is to examine the evolvement of a comet tail. The supplementary programme includes special events dedicated to both incidents.

On the Interface between Art and Science

Parallel to the acquisition of scientific and humanistic knowledge, artists, designers, writers, film makers, and architects have been concerning themselves with the subject of outer space. From the beginning, they worked on the interface between art and science, and fiction and fact, albeit with mutual influences between the different areas. In the course of the twentieth century, the creative potential of science fiction literature, artworks and films proved to be so inspiring that the ESA (European Space Agency) commissioned a study in order to test the fictional material with regard to its practicability for innovative technologies. The first countdown in spaceflight history was carried out on screen in Fritz Lang’s ‘Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon)’ (1929). Subsequently NASA used this scene as an inspiration for its rocket launches. This interface is a recurring feature in a selection of artworks shown in the exhibition.

Visions, Dreams and Absurdities

The exhibition is not only concerned with plausible explanations of complicated scientific connections and artistic interpretations of scientific topics, but also visionary, humorous, dreamlike, and absurd phenomena. This includes the detailed designs for spaceships and plans for the colonisation of stars that the psychiatric patient Karl Hans Janke developed behind the walls of a mental institution in the GDR as well as the reports of UFO sightings recorded by the Swiss writer Lou Zinsstag.

For more information on The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany and Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science, visit

Date : October 3rd 2014 to February 1st 2015

Hours :?Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 AM to 9 PM, from Thrusday to Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM; open at 9 AM on Friday for group and school. Closed on Monday.

Tickets:?10 €, reduce price 6,50 € ; free for school group on Friday

  • du 03/10/2014 au 22/02/2015