1 Department of Science Studies, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Steno Museet, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - Museologi, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University4 School of Communication and Culture - Museologi, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
Kollokvium om at udstille kunst og naturvidenskab. Steno Museet, Danmarks Videnskabshistoriske Museum, Århus, 25. september 2006
In the fall of 2006 the Steno Museum (Aarhus, Denmark) exhibited the installation Room One created by the american artist Rosamond Purcell. The installation is a lifesize model of the Danish physician Ole Worm’s curiosity cabinet, Museum Wormianum, from the 17th. century. It is an artwork – but depicting a naturalist’s laboratory. When one adds that it has also been called the first museum in Denmark, it seemed obvious to make the artwork the occasion of a symposium on the relationship between art, science and museums. At the symposium, the artist as well as a number of science historians and curators discussed the definitions of art and science then and now and spoke about the attempts to cross borders which take place within the museums. Different ways of exhibiting were brought into focus, and Purcell’s installation formed the basis for many interesting discussions about the museum as a place of learning and of aesthetic experience.