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The definitions of art and science encompass broad expanses of knowledge stemming from hypotheses, methodologies, experimental protocols and discoveries. They share the territory of the creative process, and the figures of the video artist, historian, photographer, chemist, painter, biologist, activist and ecologist intersect, when they don’t overlap.
Science in Art brings together documentation on works that originally existed in formal art venues and resulted from artists taking a specific position with respect to the world, in an effort to understand it.
An object of fascination, knowledge and experimentation, the human body has always been represented in art-to the point where, over the course of the 20th century, it became one of the constituent materials of works themselves. Whether we are talking about the body of the artist or his/her model, or about the body as an object of science, the works that allude to it are concerned with the physical reality of the human being. This section of the exhibition deals with the body in its relationship to medical science and laboratory research.