Two Exhibitions on Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas Are Now Online as 360° Tours


The special exhibition Between Cosmos and Pathos: Berlin Works from Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas at the Gemäldegalerie ‒ postponed in autumn 2020 as part of the health and safety measures in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic ‒ and the exhibition Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne – The Original, shown in parallel at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), can now be experienced as two interlinked 360° tours.

Support from the Warburg Institute and the Warburg Charitable Trust has made it possible for the thematically closely interwoven exhibitions on Warburg at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Gemäldegalerie to be made available online in time for the second temporary closure of Berlin’s Staatliche Museen under the impact of the pandemic.

Visitors taking the 360° tours can move freely through the exhibition spaces, get close-up views of individual objects and learn about them through the accompanying texts. This type of presentation offers a particular advantage: Cross connections have been established between related objects in the two exhibitions so that the close ties between the two displays can now be directly appreciated.

Virtual tours to both exhibitions start here.

The 360° tours were produced by Marco Vedana.

The Exhibition Between Cosmos and Pathos. Berlin Works from Aby Warburg's Mnemosyne Atlas

In an exhibition at the HKW opened in the autumn of 2020, the Mnemosyne Atlas was presented in its original layout for the first time since 1929. At the same time, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin paid tribute to this influential theorist of the image with a presentation of roughly 50 original artworks that were selected by Warburg for the Mnemosyne Atlas’s sections on the themes of cosmos and pathos.

The works from 10 of the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – the Antikensammlung (antiquities collection) of the Gipsformerei, the Kunstbibliothek, the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the Kupferstichkabinett, the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, the Münzkabinett, the Skulpturensammlung, the Vorderasiatisches Museum and the Gemäldegalerie impressively display the wealth of the Berlin collections, illustrate the relationships between works and cultures across space and time, and at the same time shed light on the complex thought that underlies Aby Warburg’s magnum opus.