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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Warburg was concerned with the question of how warburv pictorial world of antiquity had come back into the European cultural sphere and led the medieval world into a new era — a classic problem with a very familiar solution: This illustrates as much the complexity of the material as the difficulty of capturing it in words. Against the resistance Aby Warburg met with from his relatives, he forced through his plans to study art history.

This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat What was utterly extraordinary, however, was the project to which he dedicated the final years of his life: Views Read Edit View history. Warburg als Lehrer, 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. Due to a mental illness, he spent several years in a Swiss clinic.

The Hamburg cultural scientist Aby M. Warburg, for his part, renounced all sentimental aestheticism, and in his writings criticised a vulgarised idealisation of an individualism that had been imputed to the Renaissance in the work of Jacob Burckhardt. Voth shared his knowledge of Hopi religion. Skip to main content. After receiving his doctorate Warburg studied for two semesters at the Medical Faculty of the University of Berlinwhere he attended lectures on psychology.


Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas The Mnemosyne Atlas. He chose Mnemosynethe Greek goddess of memory and mother of the muses, as the patron saint of his project. The magazine issues ensure that the decoding of the atlas can also be comprehended and updated beyond the events.

Indeed, his mental conditions improved also thanks to the support of the philosopher Ernst Cassirerwho visited him in the clinic: There were no captions and only a few texts in the atlas. Gombrich observed in his biography of Warburg, that the Mnemosyne project could be brought to an end.

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. The most famous Renaissance specialist of the time, the American Bernard Berensonwas likewise in Florence at this period.

It is little wonder, then, that the atlas also knows no boundaries within art.

Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas | ZKM

Mnemosyne Bilderatlas at the ZKM. In the 18th century the Warburgs moved to Altona near Hamburg.

Individual sequences of four to six panels were precisely analyzed in order to then explain them within the scope of public events. As a matter of course he made use of modern techniques of reproduction in order to develop an “instrument” of knowledge on this basis.

Warburg stapled some 1, prints onto panels lined with black cloth. Warburg as a child reacted against the religious rituals which were punctiliously observed in his family, and rejected all career plans envisaged for him. They spread the new emotional pictorial language throughout Europe, a story replete with conflicts and confrontations which are restaged on the field of panels like on the stage of a theater.

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

In Warburg and his wife took up residence in Florence. Thanks to Voth he could also observe the preparations for this end-of-winter ceremony. 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.


During his years in Florence Warburg investigated the living conditions and business transactions of Renaissance artists and their patrons as well as, more specifically, the economic situation in the Florence of the early Renaissance and the problems of the transition from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance. In Cochiti Warburg spoke to a priest and his son and received a cosmological drawing with a snake at its center.

“Aby Warburg. Mnemosyne Bilderatlas” at ZKM Karlsruhe

Two brothers Warburg founded the banking firm M. The Hopi of Arizona were already famous for their snake dance and although April was too early in the year to see this tourist attraction, the time he spent with the Hopi was a most important part of his long journey.

It is little wonder, then, that the atlas warbugr knows no boundaries within art.

This revision demonstrates that the Bilderatlas found much greater acclaim and recognition in artistic circles than among art history experts.

He rejected a call to a professorship at the University of Halle in Retrieved from ” https: To the present-day viewer, the work may well call to mind an Internet search engine’s flood memosyne images, but Warburg’s panels are constructed with great deliberation and comprise a repository that condenses memory into complex constellations.