THE WORLD IS IN YOU
30 September 2021 – 16 January 2022
An exhibition by Medical Museion at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.
Through science, art and culture, this exhibition project offers different perspectives on how the big world is present and shapes our bodies and daily physiological existence. The world is in You is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
WEB EXHIBITION: LIFE SUPPORT
The web exhibition was made during the first lock down in Denmark in Spring 2020, and explores Corona life with the themes; knowing, breathing, cleaning, isloating and dying.
MIND THE GUT
Our brain and bowels are under examination. The exhibition focuses on the complex relationship between mind and gut through a thought-provoking blend of science, art and history.
THE BODY COLLECTED
Fetuses, skeletons and DNA. The exhibition presents a large selection of historical collections of human remains from the 18th century to now.
Life leaves its mark. We get bumps and bruises, and sometimes suffer injuries or breakdowns. We can be patched up and send into the world where the scars and repairs become testimonies to the lives we have lived. This exhibition explores how medicine and technology repair our fragile bodies.
How do you read and write when you cannot see? Medical Museion explores this question in this mini exhibition, where the audience is required to listen and feel. The exhibited objects have been used by blind people to communicate.
A GAME ABOUT AGEING
The game Life on the Line shows how the body and life conditions change over a lifetime. Sometimes we are confronted by a life situation or sudden illness that speeds up the ageing process. At other times we are lucky and have a strong, healthy body well into old age.
The artwork Femme Vitale in the entrance hall is created for the Medical Musion. 27.774 tablets and capsules of the dress represents the medicine used over 10 years for a woman with the so-called Metabolic Syndrome. Her use of medicine is a compilation of two real patient records from a respectively a Danish and an English woman.
Straitjackets and an electric shock device. Much has changed over the last 50 years. But the important questions are still up for discussion: What is the psyche? How do life history, chemistry, genetics and the outside world play together?
THE HOME OF SCIENCE
BALANCE AND METABOLISM
Bodies are a center of attention today. The media focuses on bodies that are healthy or ill – obese or skinny, addicted or detoxed, fit or unfit, natural or manipulated. But what makes a body healthy? Using objects and images from the unique collections at the Medical Museion, this exhibition showcases two different understandings of the body in the history of medicine.
THE ANATOMICAL THEATRE
Visit the old auditorium. Here students were trained in dissection and anatomy. The anatomical theatre, constructed in 1787, is a fine example of the new classicist architecture. Today, the auditorium is used for teaching, lectures and doctoral defences.
The 18th century notion of the Enlightenment emphasized the emancipation of human consciousness from ignorance and error, particularly by means of mathematics and the physical sciences. This art installation is created by chips where 17,000 Danes have been tested for genetic variation. Mapping the human genome gives us detailed knowledge of the cell’s biochemical machinery.
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