International Exhibit of Max Planck Research Imagery Comes to Seattle’s Pacific Science Center

December 2, 2019

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience proudly announces the opening of Max Planck Images of Science at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle Washington. The exhibit features 16 striking images captured during the course of scientific research at several of the Max Planck Society’s more than 84 institutes. This is the second stop for the exhibition, which opened at Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in December 2018. The Seattle exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Ackerly Family Exhibition Gallery and Jeff and Alicia Carnevali Pavilion until January 2020.

Accompanying the exhibition is the “Images of Science” mini-documentary, which shares the perspectives of scientists from the Max Planck Florida Institute of Neuroscience who have seen beauty through the lens of their everyday scientific endeavors. Admission to Images of Science at the Pacific Science Center is included in all museum admission tickets.

Science often strives to push the boundaries of the known world to explore new topics and make the invisible visible. In addition to purely scientific documentation of research objects, sometimes images are created that feature surprising aesthetic forms and structures — abstract works of art from a world normally hidden to the human eye.

Each year, scientists from the more than 80 research institutes of the Max Planck Society enter images showcasing their work from the most various research fields in an annual photography competition. The winning pictures form the basis of a traveling exhibit that provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of science. Images in the exhibition cover myriad areas of scientific research, from tiny neurons within the brain to insights into the structures of the early universe and many more areas of earth science, biology, and even architecture. What unites the exhibition is the rare opportunity for the visitor to experience exquisite details normally only viewable by scientists with cutting-edge imaging equipment. Images of Science is an unprecedented look at the smallest details that form the base of beauty and knowledge in our world. The exhibition has been shown with great success in a variety of locations, such as the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Ars Electronica in Linz, National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg and the German Science Centre in Cairo.

Max Planck Images of Science at the Pacific Science Center is an initiative of the Max Planck Society in Germany as part of Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19. The campaign “Year of German-American Friendship/Deutschlandjahr USA ” focuses on dialogue, exchange, and cooperation between people and cultures, with the aim of establishing and expanding networks. Germany and the United States are bound by a centuries-long common history. German immigrants have helped shape the development of the United States, while the successful development of post-war Germany is inextricably linked to US engagement. The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 builds on this success story and aims to intensify the transatlantic dialogue.

The Max Planck Images of Science exhibition is a collaboration between the Max Planck Gesellschaft, The Pacific Science Center, and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. Underwriting is generously provided by Nancy and David Auth, and Raquel Rodriguez in memory of her parents. Additional generosity provided through a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).