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Cluster Excursion to Exhibition on Disasters

Nov 05, 2014

Research Area D "Historicities & Heritage" organised an excursion to the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museums of Mannheim. The participants visited the exhibition “Von Atlantis bis heute – Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe” which presents findings of the Cluster's research project "Images of Disasters".

The exhibition ranges from the ancient myth of the lost city of Atlantis to present day. Covering an area of 1000 square meters, about 200 objects and simulations are displayed. Many of these objects have never been shown before in such an exhibition, bringing famous as well as less-known disasters of world history in mind. As a result, the multimedia and interactive exhibition illustrates the human handling of disasters, which itself is part of the coping process.

In context of the exhibition, an accompanying volume co-edited by Prof. Monica Juneja and Prof. Gerrit J. Schenk has been published. The richly illustrated volume portrays how human beings have responded to extreme natural events over the last 3.500 years. The publication includes articles on various natural disasters written by scholars from different disciplines, such as Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos from classical archaeology, Prof. Peter Rothe from geology and Prof. Beat Wyss from art studies and media philosophy.

The exhibition was officially opened in early September at a ceremony with a welcome speech by Theresia Bauer, Minister of Science, Research and the of Arts Baden-Württemberg. Further speakers were Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel, Rector of Heidelberg University, and Dr. Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim.

The exhibition "Von Atlantis bis heute - Mensch. Natur. Katastrophe" takes place from September 7, 2014, to March 1, 2015. It is organised by the historian and Prof. Dr. Gerrit J. Schenk (TU Darmstadt) and the global art historian Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja (Heidelberg) on behalf of research project D17 "Images of Disasters" in cooperation with Dr. Christoph Lind of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums of Mannheim.

With a total exhibition area of 11 300 square meter and about 1.2 million displaying objects, the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums of Mannheim is one of the largest museum complexes in southern Germany in public ownership. It is open from Tuesday till Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Further information:

Website Exhibition
Website Museum (German)

Press Release Research Presentation (German)
Press Release at Heidelberg University
Press Release Announcement (German)

Exhibition Poster 
Exhibition Folder 
Project Folder 
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