Leibniz’ Lager

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Foreword: Peter Weibel Graphic Design: Harald Pridgar Edited by: Peter Weibel German, English 2017, 232 Pages, 150 Ills. Hardcover 298mm x 239mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-4230-6
| “Nature paints itself better than any painting”

What would it have looked like, Leibniz’s Storehouse? What kinds of objects would the polymath have stored in a chamber of curiosities of his own? The artists Renate Heyne and Floris Neusüss play with the idea of what might have happened, had Leibniz been able to realize his dream of a collection of objects and artifacts, and had begun to archive everything in a warehouse. Leibniz’s Warehouse, however, is not simply a collection of manifest objects. The artists have created a kind of “theater of nature and art” in the form of photograms, as they journeyed through the collections of fifteen different museums, photographing their exhibits from nature, antiquity, science, and art. Photograms are the result of a direct photocopying process in which images appear when photosensitive material is directly exposed to light. Animals, sculptures, or plants look like positive shadows in this catalogue, inviting readers to tour the history of collections in Western European museums such as the Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin and the Tinguely Museum Basel.

With photograms of exhibits from the following museums:
Glyptothek, Munich
Bavarian National Museum, Munich
Museum of Ethnology, Munich
German Museum, Munich
Mathematical Institute at the Technical University, Munich
Old National Gallery, Berlin
Egyptian Museum, Berlin
Bode Museum, Berlin
German History Museum, Berlin
Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin                                       
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Kolbe Museum, Berlin
Mathematical Institute at the University of Halle
Tinguely Museum, Basel
Fribourg Museum of Natural History

Exhibition: ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, 11.12.2016–5.3.2017