Plants and Animals. Atlases of Natural History in the Age of Linnaeus

19 May 2020 - 18 October 2020

Plants and Animals. Atlases of Natural History in the Age of Linnaeus

Place International Cultural Centre Cracow, Rynek Główny 25, Kraków, POLAND
Organizer The International Cultural Centre, the Scientific Library of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków and Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
More info https://mck.krakow.pl/plants-and-animals-atlases-of-natural-history-in-the-age-of-linnaeus

We long for the natural world and admire its diversity. Yet we rarely realise that long before the emergence of thematic television channels, several hundred years before the circulation of illustrated magazines, the world of nature had been well depicted and documented not only for the sake of knowledge but also for aesthetic pleasure. The International Cultural Centre presents the exhibition Plants and Animals. Atlases of Natural History in the Age of Linnaeus – a story of artistic and scientific fascinations with the masterworks of nature.

The exhibition “Plants and Animals. Atlases of Natural History in the Age of Linnaeus” is the eleventh joint initiative of the International Cultural Centre and the Scientific Library of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków, as well the first project in collaboration with the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The rich collection includes more than 40 atlases of flora and fauna (both open volumes as well as individual pages), close to 400 works with images of fish, over 90 original large-sized boards with images of birds and plants. On display will also be previously not exhibited amazing editions of prints and folios, such as the works of the famous botanist Maria Sybilla Merian, Georges Cuvier, Eleazar Albin, François Le Vaillant, and a famous work by Ulisses Aldrovandi.

Organised by: The International Cultural Centre, the Scientific Library of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków and Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
ICC programme: Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, Łukasz Galusek
Exhibition concept and curator: Krzysztof Radoszek
Curatorial support by the Science Library of PAU and PAN in Krakow: dr. Anna Olszewska
Exhibition design: Magdalena Paleczna
Coordination: Anna Śliwa, Dorota Kosiec
In collaboration with: Joanna Biegacz, Ewa Czarnecka, Monika Czepielewska-Wóycicka, Marzena Daszewska, Marcin Dyrcz, Dorota Korohoda, Łukasz Kozak, Angelika Madura, Helena Postawka-Lech, Anna Sawłowicz
Exhibits on display and featured in accompanying catalogue come from the collection of the Print Room in the Scientific Library of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków and the Library of the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Partners: SPHINX Restaurants
Media patrons: TVP Kultura, “Co Jest Grane”, wyborcza.pl
Permanent ICC media patrons: TVP 3 Kraków, Radio Kraków Małopolska, “Karnet”, “In Your Pocket”, “Herito”, AHICE
The project is co-financed by the City of Krakow.
The exhibition is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.