Monday, August 01, 2022

Venice - Ca Corner della Regina - Fondazione Prada - Human Brains - It Begins with an Idea

“We are increasingly interested in relevant subjects that impact the lives of everyone, even when those topics are difficult to understand. For a cultural institution whose identity is rooted in the field of visual arts, dealing with science is an intellectual and political challenge: how do we make an exhibition about ideas and knowledge? With the support of the ‘Human Brains’ scientific board, we asked ourselves how to give voice to scientists and researchers, how to get them in contact with a wider audience, how to combine scientific rigor with an approach understandable to all. We are convinced that talking about the human brain means talking about the human being. Focusing on the uniqueness of our brain helps us understand the influence that scientific research has in our lives and the broader progress of culture.”
Miuccia Prada
President Fondazione Prada
Ca Corner della Regina - Fondazione Prada
Human Brains - It Begins with an Idea
In the beautiful Palazzo Ca Corner della Regina home to the Fondazione Prada in Venice, the exhibition - Human Brains: It begins with an Idea - until November 27 - curated by Udo Kittelmann in collaboration with Taryn Simon - covers three floors of the building, it is the result of a long and in-depth research process carried out with Fondazione Prada and the scientific board. The exhibition is the result of an intensive investigative process undertaken since 2018 by Fondazione Prada in the field of neuroscience, driven by a deep interest to understand the human brain, the complexity of its functions, and its centrality to human history. The program was developed by Fondazione Prada in collaboration with a scientific board chaired by the neurologist Giancarlo Comi.

Coltello cerimoniale inca - tumi - XIII XV secolo - fusione in bronzo
MARKK – Museum am Rothenbaum - Hamburg 

Udo Kittelmann

The - Human Brains - initiative surveys different fields: from neurobiology to philosophy, from psychology to neurochemistry, from linguistics to artificial intelligence, and robotics. Through a convergence of diverse scientific approaches, the human brain was examined in the plural—as expressed by the title—to underline its intrinsic complexity and the irreducible singularity of each individual.
Plinio il Vecchio - Naturalis Historia - Johannes de Spira - Venezia - 1469 
testo originale 7778 ca. - Inc. V. 106, incunabolo miniato con foglia d’oro
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venezia


Huangdi Neijing - Testo classico di medicina interna dell’Imperatore Giallo
Cina - XIX secolo - testo originale III secolo a.C.– III secolo d.C. ca.
Libro a stampa - Collezione privata

Opticae thesaurus. Alhazeni Arabis libri septem, nunc primùm editi. Eiusdem liber De crepusculis&nubium ascensionibus. 
Item Vitellonis Thuringolopoli libri 10  
 Raccolta di testi di ottica fra cui la prima edizione del settimo libro e il De crepusculis & nubium ascensionibus dell’autore arabo Alhazen oltre al decimo libro di Witelo]
Eusebius Episcopius & haeredes Nicolai Episcopii - Basel - 1572
testi originali XXIII secolo ca. -Libro a stampa 2 copie
Biblioteca Statale di Cremona, Cremona
photograph - Marco  Cappelletti - Human Brains installation - courtesy Fondazione Prada venezia

“This project aims to shed light on science, on its extreme complexity, 
on how the evolution of knowledge requires a continuous verification process and how each new acquisition is the premise for the next in a never-ending development. 
Knowing how our brain works helps us understand ourselves and others. 
It allows us to participate in a more incisive way in social life, 
to respect and appreciate the diversity between people and thought. 
This project also intends to recognize the immense contribution of the neuroscientific community with special attention given to young researchers who, with their creativity, provide a fundamental contribution to the advances of neurosciences.”
Giancarlo Comi 
President Scientific Board
On the first and second floors, more than 110 items encode centuries of attempts to understand the human brain. Including historical objects, drawings, paintings, prints, and books, the items mark some of the most significant stages of a millennia-long journey of discovery while also illuminating otherwise forgotten chapters of the Mesopotamian and ancient Egyptian ages, the Italian Renaissance, the Japanese Edo period, as well as the last thirty years’ imaging techniques.
Cilindri di Gudea - Iraq- 2120 2110 a.C. ca. - terracotta
Musee du Louvre, Département des Antiquitees Orientales - Paris - copia espositiva 

Hieronymus Bosch - L’estrazione della pietra della follia - 1501 1505 ca. 
olio su tavola di quercia 
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid Copia espositiva 

Shiva Nataraja - India -  XVIII secolo - bronzo

Giordano Bruno - De umbris idearum - Le ombre delle idee
Gilles Gourbin, Paris, 1582 - Libri a stampa, 3 copie
A.V.Tav.I.F.I.414/1, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna, Bologna - B.16.b.60, 
Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova (MiC), Padova71 C 201.1
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venezia 

Lucio Bini – Ugo CerlettiMacchina per la terapia elettroconvulsivanteItalia
1938 1940 - metallo
Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia – Museo di Storia della Psichiatria - Reggio Emilia
 Negli Incubi Comminciano Le Possibilita - Mckenzie Wark 
narrato - George Guidall
Video diretto da Taryn Simon e prodotto da Fondazione Prada 
per il progetto Human Brains: It Begins with an Idea

Hans Berger - Das Elektrenkephalogramm des Menschen
Nova Acta Leopoldina, serie 6 - n. 38 
Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wisseschaften - Halle - Saale - 1938
Deutsches Epilepsiemuseum, Kork

Seii Sugawara - Fujin Zzu - Giappone - 1774
Rotolo con illustrazioni Nihonga
Library of Health Sciences - Inohana Library - Chiba University -Chiba 
copia espositiva

The Conversation Machine - Video - interviste e orchestrazione di Taryn Simon 
Prodotto da Fondazione Prada per il progetto - Human Brains: It Begins with an Idea
Taryn Simon

Kanzen Mikumo – Genshun Koishi – RanshYoshimura
Seyakuin Kainantaizzu - Tavola anatomica maschil e di Seyakuin 
Giappone - 1798 - manoscritto illustrato, inchiostro e colore su carta
Copia espositiva 

Mobile da frenologia - XIX secolo
legno - feltro - metallo - mobile - gesso e colla - teste
The Anatomical Museum, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh 
On the ground floor, a series of projections introduces the audience to the anatomy, physiology, and imaging of the brain, as well as illustrations of how it develops and functions. This in turn presents visitors with the principles, structure, and mystery of the organ at the center of the exhibition.




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