Exhibitions & Events
In 2011, CERN established its pioneering Arts at CERN programme, bringing art and science together. Artists selected through a competitive process spend time in the Laboratory, working with CERN scientists and engineers. These creative exchanges have seen remarkable collaborations and resulted in outstanding creations inspired by physics across a wide range of art forms. To enhance this scope, we launched in 2018 a new programme of exhibitions and events, resulting exclusively from our residency programmes. We do not accept spontaneous proposals for exhibitions if they are not connected to the work of the artists in the Laboratory.
As part of the Barcelona Science Biennale 2021, the exhibition Arts at CERN: when art and particle physics collide at CosmoCaixa includes four works of art developed after the artists' research and work in the Laboratory. These works explore how the big questions about our universe are pursued by fundamental science, while showing how particle physics and arts are inextricably linked in the exciting search for human knowledge. The exhibition is curated by Head of Arts at CERN Mónica Bello and the Barcelona City and Science Biennial Curators, Irma Vilà and Pau Alsina.
Participating artists: Alan Bogana, June Baltahazard & Pierre Pauze, Rosa Menkman Semiconductor.
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The international touring exhibition Quantum/Broken Symmetries began at Collide International, the programme of Arts at CERN in collaboration with FACT Liverpool between 2016 and 2018. The exhibition brings together artists who were invited to reside at CERN to advance their artistic practise by establishing dialogues with particle physicists, engineers, IT experts and staff.
Quantum/Broken Symmetries is curated by Mónica Bello and José-Carlos Mariátegui, and is co-produced by ScANNER (the Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), composed of Arts at CERN; FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool); CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona); le lieu unique (Center for Contemporary Culture – Nantes) and iMAL (interactive Media Arts Laboratory, Brussels). ScANNER was initiated through the Collide International (2016-2018).
Between 2018-2021, the exhibition (adapted to each museum) was shown at FACT (Liverpool, UK), CCCB (Barcelona, Spain), iMAL (Brussels, Belgium), le lieu unique (Nantes, France), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taichung, Taiwan) and Kumu Art Museum (Tallinn, Estonia).
Participating artists: Suzanne Treister, Julieta Aranda, Semiconductor, Diann Bauer, James Bridle, Yunchul Kim, Mariele Neudecker, Alan Bogana, Yu-Chen Wang, Juan Cortés, Lea Porsager, Haroon Mirza & Jack Jelfs.
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Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, the V&A’s landmark exhibition in 2021, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.
The journey through Wonderland delves into Alice’s origins and explores its cultural impact across film, performance, fashion, art, music and photography. Entering the final exhibition’s part, Quantumland, the show presents Mariele Neudecker's art commission, The Eye [A.L.I.C.E. | A Large Ion Collider Experiment | V1], and Iris van Herpen’s Infinity dress as powerful expressions of the scientific and artistic imagination, as well as their contemporary Alice-like curiosity.
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Yet, it moves! is a visionary research project and public art exhibition that investigates the interconnected movements across scales from the micro to the macro cosmos. The project will unfold through a series of decentralized art installations shown at different locations in Copenhagen from May to September 2023, creating opportunities for people to encounter contemporary art in new ways as the art will live in the city with the people on a daily base.
Arts at CERN is one of the four scientific research partners, together with DARK, the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen; the Interacting Minds Centre at Aarhus University, and the Program in Performance Studies, University of California, Davis, ModLab (Digital Humanities Laboratory).
Participating artists: Ryoji Ikeda, Precious Okoyomon, Black Quantum Futurism, Jenna Sutela, Cecilia Bengolea, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Nora Turato, Helene Nymann, and others to be announced.
Cover image: Ryoji Ikeda, micro | macro, 2015. Courtesy the artist.