Anatomy in the Arts and Sciences

21 November 2018 – 27 April 2019

Peter Kogler - Collage

Collage: Peter Kogler
Bildvorlagen: Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London und Siemens Healthineers

The academic field dealing with the inner structure of the body is directly at the interface of art and science. The precise documentation of the body for teaching purposes was formerly mostly the result of close collaboration between visual artists and anatomists. While macroscopic anatomy deals with things that are visible to the naked eye, today’s focus is on cell biology and, therefore, on the molecular level.

The BODYSCAN exhibition features more than 50 pieces from a treasure chest of anatomical representations as well as both old and contemporary works of art on the subject. In a showcase display specially designed for the exhibition, exquisite ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ (curated by Kunstkammer owner Georg Laue) are arranged next to contemporary works of art, anatomical charts, moulages, paper-maché models and pop cultural objects such as morphsuits, magazine covers or science fiction trailers (conceptual consultant: Peter Kogler). Visitors will also have the opportunity to travel through the body with groundbreaking imaging technologies. The exhibition offers a fascinating, interdisciplinary view of the human body.

The Next Humans – the exhibition’s related science lectures and discussions provide participants with insights into current, cutting edge results of molecular genetics and will be presided over by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Blum. The focus will be on research involving pluripotent stem cells and genome editing (CRISPR / Cas9 gene scissors), the biotechnological fusion of man and machine as well as ethical questions arising from genetic engineering possibilities.


Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Josef Breitenbach, Günter Brus, Allen Ginsberg, Anna Jermolaewa, Josef Knoll, Peter Kogler, Paul McCarthy, Matt Mullican, Eadweard Muybridge, Bruce Nauman, Meret Oppenheim, Seth Price, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Struth, Kiki Smith, Jeff Wall, James Sibley Watson

Objects in Baroque Cabinets of Curiosity

Augenmodell - um 1680

Augenmodell, um 1680
Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Écorché - um 1780

Écorché, um 1780
Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Großer Korallenbaum - 17. Jahrhundert

Großer Korallenbaum, 17. Jh.
Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Weiblicher Wendekopf - 17. Jahrhundert

Weiblicher Wendekopf, 17. Jh.
Courtesy Kunstkammer Georg Laue, München / London

Anatomical Educational Aids and Books

Gehirn-Schnittmodell - um 1870

Gehirn-Schnittmodell, um 1870

Lehrtafel - 1752

Lehrtafel, 1752

Vesalius - anatomischer Atlas - 1543

Vesalius, anatomischer Atlas, 1543

Farbatlas der Anatomie - 1988

Farbatlas der Anatomie, 1988

Science-Fiction Film Sequences

Excerpts from motion pictures such as Fantastic Voyage by Richard Fleischer (1966) or Ghost in the Shell by Rupert Sanders (2017)

Visualization Technologies in Medicine

Cinematic Rendering des Gehirns - 2017

Cinematic Rendering des Gehirns, 2017
© Siemens Healtineers

Virtual Reality Platform - 2018

Virtual Reality Platform, 2018
© CeMM Wien

The Visible Human Project - 1994-95

The Visible Human Project, 1994/95
© U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Scientific Program – The Next Human

  • Friday, 30 November 2018, 7 pm

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang U. Eckart, until 2017 Director of the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine, University of Heidelberg
    Anatomy in Science and Art. From Vesalius to Nazi Aesthetics to Modern “Body Worlds”

  • Monday, 28 January 2019, 7 pm

    Prof. Dr. Hans Schöler, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster
    From the skin cell to the pluripotent stem cell – a testube revolution

  • Monday, 11 February 2019, 7 pm

    Dr. Axel Lange, theoretical biologist, EvoDevo expert and author
    Human Evolution – on biotechnology and the fusion of man and technology

  • Wednesday, 20 February 2019, 7 pm

    Prof. Dr. Toni Cathomen, Director of the Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Gene Therapy, University of Freiburg
    Genome Editing – The DNA Revolution. How CRISPR / Cas gene scissors will change the world

  • Thursday, 21 March 2019, 7 pm

    Prof. Dr. Christiane Druml, lawyer, bioethicist, Director of the Josephinum, Vienna
    Pandora’s box: bioethics, nature and human enhancement

Art meets Science

  • Saturday, 12 January 2019, 3 pm

    Prof. Dr. Reinhard Putz, Curator of the Anatomical State Collection
    A personal tour of the permanent exhibition at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

  • Saturday, 26 January 2019, 3 pm

    Dr. Axel Lange, evolutionary biologist
    The Emergence of the Hand as an Art Form of Nature
    Followed by a tour of selected works with one of the exhibition’s curators

  • Saturday, 2 March 2019, 3 pm

    Dr. Hubertus Butin, art historian
    Can People See Atoms or Molecules? - Gerhard Richter’s “First Look” in the Context of Nanotechnological Visualizations


Ausschnitt aus: Bayerns Leonardo da Vinci – und andere Rätsel
© BR Fernsehen, 30. April 2019, Angelika Lizius

(Video: 76.26 MB)


Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, 176 pages (german/english), EUR 10,00
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  • Bayerns Leonardo da Vinci – und andere Rätsel
    BR Fernsehen, 30. April 2019, Angelika Lizius
    Video auf

  • Haut und Knochen
    IN München, 03/2019, Barbara Teichelmann
    Artikel als pdf

  • Der menschliche Körper in der Kunst
    BR Rundschau, 5. Januar 2019, Gaby Weber

  • Der Blick nach innen
    Applaus, 01/02/2019, Rüdiger Heise
    Artikel als pdf

  • Eine fantastische Reise durch Körper- und Kunstgeschichte
    NeuroTransmitter, 12/2018, Angelika Otto
    Artikel als pdf

  • Anatomie im Fokus von Künstlern und Forschern
    Biospektrum, 06/2018
    Artikel als pdf

  • Wie der Mensch innen aussieht
    Abendzeitung, 27. November 2018, Roberta de Righi
    Artikel als pdf

  • Bodyscan: Der Körper zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst!
    München TV, 21. November 2018
    Video auf

  • Reise ins Innere des Menschen
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, 20. November 2018, Evelyn Vogel
    Artikel auf
    Artikel als pdf

  • Wie die Kunst den Körper untersucht
    Bayern2, kulturWelt, 20. November 2018, Barbara Knopf
    Radiobeitrag auf

  • Was unter der Haut liegt
    Süddeutsche Zeitung-Extra, 15. November 2018, Evelyn Vogel
    Artikel als pdf