With major scientific exhibit, Rome’s MAXXI pays tribute to the genius of Albert Einstein
With his 1917 paper entitled “Cosmological Considerations in the General Theory of Relativity”, German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein transformed the models of the cosmos and the universe imagined by scientists and thinkers until then, revolutionizing the concepts of time and space. One hundred years after this publication, Rome’s National Museum of the 21st Century Arts (MAXXI) is dedicating an exhibit to one of the figures who has most influenced contemporary thinking.
Gravity. Imaging the Universe after Einstein is the result of an innovative collaboration between the Museum, the Italian Space Agency and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in terms of the exhibit’s scientific aspects with Tomás Saraceno supervising its artistic elements. By investigating the connections and profound similarities between art and science, the exhibit narrates the developments of the theory of relativity through a contemporary vision of the universe and the fascinating by-products it is still inspiring in the artistic field. A unique combination of immersive installations, iconic artifacts and computer-simulated experiments, the display aims at introducing visitors to the scientific innovations introduced by the greatest physicist of all times. Apart from revealing the underlying depths of the known universe, the exhibition will also analyze the mechanisms that bind together all those searching for knowledge, in a collective process in which artists and scientists play roles of equally fundamental significance to society.