To mark the th birthday of Aby Warburg, the ZKM is exhibiting a complete reconstruction of his picture atlas in its original size. In December , Warburg started to compose a work in the form of a picture atlas named Mnemosyne. The Mnemosyne Atlas, October Panel A. Panel B. Panel C. Panel 1. Panel 2. Panel 3. Panel 4. Panel 5. Panel 6. Panel 7. Panel 8. Panel Panel

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The Mnemosyne Atlas, October 1929

To this end, he used reproductions of painting, graphics and sculpture and evidence from the applied arts such as carpets, genealogical tables, photographs and advertisements. The couple had three children: In the 18th century the Warburgs moved to Altona near Hamburg. The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby Sby. Gombrich observed in his biography of Warburg, that the Mnemosyne project could be brought to an end. From Wikipedia, the free warbueg.

Mnemosyne Bilderatlas at the ZKM. His library, which at the time of his mnemosynne comprised some 60, volumes, was relocated to London in and is today part of the University of London. From to he studied the sources of these pictures at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. In addition, the provenance of almost all the individual photographs is identified.

From toWarburg concentrated his entire body of knowledge in this collection mnemoysne images, which ultimately spanned 63 panels and encompassed almost a thousand individual pieces. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat He did not want to be a rabbi, as his grandmother wished, nor a doctor or lawyer.

At the heart of his research was the legacy of the Classical World, and the transmission of classical representation, in the most varied areas of western culture through to the Renaissance.

In the last years of his life he did his utmost to solidify his comprehensive knowledge of the picture story in this project and to render it in a publishable form. Warburg never simply mapped out the dialogues and clashes of interest between artists, clients, philosophers, poets, and churches. Although the atlas is of extraordinary importance for wargurg science, as experts also concede in the meantime, it found no practical application in art history, neither successors nor emulators.


The magazine issues mnemosyen that the decoding of the atlas can also be comprehended and updated beyond the events. Mennonite missionary Heinrich R. This makes it interesting not only for art history and visual studies, but also for artists.

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There he was visited by Emil Kraepelin who did not confirm the diagnosis of schizophrenia and suggested Warburg was in a mixed manic-depressive state, a diagnosis with a more positive prognosis.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In Warburg and his wife took up residence in Florence. Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences, 10 1: For the exhibition at the ZKM, all sixty-three of the panels were reconstructed in their original dimensions, two with the original pictorial material.

Supplementary to this, thirteen artists, including Olaf Metzel, Paul McCarthy and Peter Weibel, were invited to create their own panels in the original format.

He suffered abh manic depression and symptoms of schizophrenia[3] and was hospitalized in Ludwig Binswanger ‘s neurological clinic in KreuzlingenSwitzerland in Painting, sculpture, graphic design, illuminated manuscripts, tapestries, wedding chests, playing cards, everyday objects, jewelry — in every area Warburg sought the clues that could help him. A further product of his Florentine period was ay series of lectures on Leonardo da Vinciheld in at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg.

This illustrates as much the complexity of the material as the difficulty of capturing it in words.

Aby Warburg around Warburg as a child reacted against the religious rituals which were punctiliously observed in his family, and rejected all career plans envisaged for him.

Retrieved from ” https: By the research group was able to prepare commentary that decoded every single panel for the first time. Skip to main content. The lines of conflict run through the very people involved — and through the works. Aby Moritz Warburg June 13, Hamburg.

The Mnemosyne Atlas

He even used postage stamps and promotional brochures. There were no captions and only a few texts in the atlas. Two brothers Warburg founded the banking firm M. Marietta —Max Adolph — and Frede C. The warbyrg of pictures on the individual panels, on the other hand, can waarburg centuries, if not millennia, cogently and without words. Warburg als Lehrer, He chose Mnemosynethe Greek goddess of memory and mother of the muses, as the patron saint of his project. The Mnemosyne Atlas in the original format The Mnemosyne Atlas, which was compiled between and by Warburg and remained unfinished, is named after Mnemosyne, the Greek goddess of memory, and Atlas, who is regarded as the progenitor of astronomers and geographers.


The University of Chicago Press, Indeed, his mental conditions improved also thanks mnrmosyne the support of the philosopher Ernst Cassirerwho visited him in the clinic: As a matter of course he made use of modern techniques of reproduction in order to develop an “instrument” of mnemsoyne on this basis.

To the present-day viewer, the work may well call to mind an Internet search engine’s flood of images, but Warburg’s panels are constructed with great deliberation and comprise a repository that condenses memory into complex constellations. Views Read Edit View history. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas — Colloquium.

He wanted to show how the motifs of antiquity, via the detour of the orient, survived into the Renaissance and beyond. And perhaps it is just the thought of this scholar, openly and insightfully presented here, that still fascinates and inspires today. Warburg grew up in a conservative Jewish home environment.

Aby Warburg‘s Mnemosyne Atlas: Thinking with Pictures – Goethe-Institut

Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. Warburg was fascinated with their still secluded culture, their architecture, ritual, their masks and their ages-old abstract painting on pottery Nampeyo had recently revived. The contrast evident in the painting between the constricting dress mnemoosyne the matrons and the lightly dressed, quick-footed figure on the far right serves as an illustration avy the virulent discussion around concerning the liberation of female clothing from the standards of propriety imposed by a reactionary bourgeoisie.