MS Wissenschaft – Science Center 2012
An online-presentation of the Photo Library of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut und of the Photo Library of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome
Education for sustainable development aims to indicate – not only for young people but for all citizens – correct models of ecological development sensitive to social and cultural issues, promoters of economic equity. Informing the public about the role of science and research in ensuring the sustainable development of our planet is just as important. The travelling exhibition that the boat "MS Wissenschaft" will bring to several river ports in Germany and Austria in the summer of 2012 is dedicated to this theme. The initiative is part of the "Science Year 2012", promoted by the Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany together with some research organizations, including Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. The world heritage, which everyone has a duty to preserve and pass on to future generations, includes not only natural resources such as water and forests, but also human works such as art and architecture. History of art, the protection of monuments and restoration are involved in their study and conservation. Their main tool is photography, from the earliest nineteenth-century photographic techniques to the most advanced digital technologies. With this presentation entitled "Ein Gedächtnis für die Kunst" ("A Memory for Art"), the Photo Libraries of the two Max Planck Institutes of History of Art, the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, wished to provide a contribution to the theme of sustainable development. The two sections introduce on the one hand the main aspects of how photographic documentation is used for the conservation of works of art (mobility, restoration, natural disasters, war damage) and on the other a history of documentation techniques, not just photographic. Our institutes aim to promote a sense of responsibility among citizens for the artistic, architectural and photographic world heritage. The presentation, in addition to being on board the boat "MS Wissenschaft", can also be accessed from the KHI's online exhibition platform: http://db.biblhertz.it/kibi. As this is a special occasion this exhibition is only available in the German language, but no language is required to play the interactive game ("Memory") on the opening page, just visual memory.