Past exhibitions

Below, you can read more about past exhibitions at Medical Museion

Verden er i dig by David Stjernholm

The world is in you

30 September 2021 – 16 January 2022

“The world is in you” is based on new biomedical research, that attempts to understand our bodies, our health and our world. The exhibition, which mixes art and science, took place at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.


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Capturing epidemics

Grams farvemetode

13 November 2020 – 16 May 2021

In a series of photographs of historical objects from the collections of Medical Museion, Nicolai Howalt captures encounters between science and epidemics. The works fixate – in the same manner as the blobs of bacteria substrate on the slides – surfaces of contact between disease and science. They unite microbes, history and the scientific attempt to capture epidemics in a set of single images.

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Z-TIME_Medicinsk Museion_006_Photo by David Stjernholm

November 2020
Z-Time – The Art and Science of Circadian Rhythms

In November 2020, the exhibition Z-Time opened its doors on Medical Museion. The exhibition is about circadian rhythms, time and chronobiological research.

åbnede udstillingen Z-Time på Medicinsk Museion. Udstillingen handler om døgnrytmer, tid og kronobiologisk forskning. The texts from the exhibition are available digitally.

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Billede fra udstillingen Fedme

4 October 2012 – 2 April 2017

The exhibition tackles one of the biggest health issues of our time: Obesity and overweight. Why is it so hard to get rid of the fat, once it’s there?

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Light Break

Billede fra udstillingen Light Break

11 April – 17 August 2014

Light Break is based on the light therapy developed by doctor and Nobel laureate Niels Ryberg Finsen ​​in the late 1800s. Artist Nicolai Howalt was inspired by this part of medical history to work with the sun in his photographic practice. In a series of unique photographic work he examines and makes visible the invisible part of sun light, both its life-giving and destructive rays.

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Oldetopia – an exhibition on age and ageing
11 October, 2007 – 14 December, 2008


“Oldetopia – an exhibition on age and ageing” was Medical Museion’s first big temporary exhibition and also a great public success. “Oldetopia” put into practice our focus on contemporary biomedicine in a social, cultural and historical context, and was the first exhibition in which we deliberately thought in terms of the museological notion of presence effects of material objects. It involved co-operation with medical researchers and drew on new acquisitions, and thus exemplified the close integration between (museological and medical) research, acquisitioning and exhibition design.
Curated by Camilla Mordhorst. Co-funded by Assens Fond/Biofarma Logistik

Primary substances – treasures from the history of protein research

4 September – 15 December, 2009

This temporary exhibition was curated by Thomas Söderqvist for the Faculty of Health Sciences in connection with the opening of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Protein Research and funded independently from this project by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The exhibition involved a large number of researchers and companies in the region and thus also served as a model for how exhibition making can be a co-operative effort between historians, museologists, biomedical scientists and the production and marketing departments of private enterprises.


21 January – 12 April, 2009

Design4Science på Medicinsk Museion

Exhibition on the history of biomedicine. The exhibition was supported by Lundbeckfonden and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Design4Science was curated by Shirley Wheller, Sunderland University.

Eye-catching and pictures of bladders: Research in poster format

25 May – 13 December 2009

The exhibition was curated by cand. mag. Rikke Vindberg as a spin-off from her earlier combined research and acquisition project on scientific posters. The objects were collected in co-operation with researchers at the National Hospital and the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. This little exhibition too marks the transition towards a more aesthetically conscious exhibition practice.

Split+Splice: Fragments from the Age of Biomedicine

11 June – 13 December, 2009

The exhibition was built on the individual research and acquisitions projects of the junior members of the research team.

For example, Room 1 (‘Flydende overgange’) was largely based on Søren Bak-Jensen’s acquisition of objects from the former Protein Laboratory at the University of Copenhagen. Room 2 (‘At fastholde en strøm’) was based on seminar discussions in the project group over several years. Room 3 (‘Laviner af data’) grew out of Susanne Bauer’s research project. The display in Room 4 (‘Reality show’) was an adoption of some of the ideas in Sniff Nexø’s project, whereas Room 5 (‘I kødet, under huden’) was developed from Jan Eric Olsén’s interest in scopic vision. Room 6 (‘Masseobservation’) was based on Jan Eric Olsén’s and Susanne Bauer’s joint work and the ideas for Rooms 7-9 grew during the exhibition planning process. Room 10 was created in consultation with associate professor Jesper V. Kragh; and finally Room 11 (‘Et billede på nethinden’) was based on Jan Eric Olsén fascination with the history of endoscopes. All rooms thus bore the mark of individual research projects – yet through the unifying eye of the lead designer and curator, Martha Fleming.

“Split+Splice” involved quite a lot of collecting and was thus also the culmination of the ambition of integrating research, collecting and exhibition making.

The exhibition was curated  by Canadian artist/designer Martha Fleming in cooperation with postdocs Sniff Andersen Nexø, Søren Bak-Jensen, Susanne Bauer, and Jan Eric Olsén in the integrated research and curatorial project Biomedicine on Display, headed by professor Thomas Söderqvist.

The exhibition was funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and Cand. pharm. Poul M. Assens Foundation.

100 Light Years

11 October 2007 – 13 May 2009

100 light years was a small photo exhibition curated by by Liv Carlé Mortensen, who documented the lives of 15 centenarians in photo montages in connection with “Oldetopia”.

The history of anesthesiology and intensive medicine in Denmark

31 May – 3 June 2008

The exhibition curated by Søren Bak-Jensen in connection with the 2008 Annual Meeting of the European Society for Anesthesiology (Euroanaesthesia 2008) at Bella Congress Center, Copenhagen. It displayed objects related to the treatment of polio victims during the epidemic in Copenhagen in 1952, the establishment of the first intensive care units in Copenhagen hospitals, and the development of equipment for monitoring anesthetised patients from the 1950s to the present.

Besides drawing approx. 2500 visitors in three days, its main importance was as a museological experiment in creating exhibitions in co-operation with external partners, including medical devices companies, in an extra-museum setting, and with a keen eye on the aesthetics of historical medical objects.


2 September, 2007

In connection with the international workshop and conference on “Biomedicine and Art”, 30 August – 3 September 2007, we commisioned an artwork installation by sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard on the theme biomedicine and sound art. The resultat was “Labyrinthitis”, a sound installation based on current research at the Centre for Applied Hearing Research, Technical University of Denmark, on the physiology and dynamic anatomy of the inner ear; it was performed on 2 September 2007.

Rigshospitalet in the past, present – and future

30 March – 31 December, 2007

“Rigshospitalet in the past, present – and future” was an exhibition in the main entrance hall of the National Hospital. The exhibition was funded by the hospital, curated by cand.mag. Rikke Vindberg under supervision of Camilla Mordhorst in co-operation with hospital staff. It involved extensive on-site research and acquisitions of objects from laboratories and wards, and was thus an example of how to make an exhibition about contemporary biomedicine in dialogue with a hospital.

The Face of Disease

24 August – 15 October, 2006

The street window exhibition “Sygdommens ansigt”, curated by the artist group Huskegruppen in co-operation with Medical Museion, took Susan Sontag’s seminal essay “Illness as Metaphor” (1978) as the point of departure. This was our first experience of working together with artists.

Everybody has the right to get a wished for child

4 February – 1 October, 2006

The first small temporary exhibition “Everybody has the right to a wished for child – on contraception and family planning through 50 years”, curated by Camilla Mordhorst. A small, object-rich exhibition, the first in a series, which emphasised the material culture of medicine and public health. The exhibition largely utilised the museum’s own collections and did not involve much new research.