ATLAS: How to Carry the World on One’s Back? on Display at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía


MADRID.- The exhibition Atlas proposes to shed light on the new framework of thought that Aby Warburg introduced to Western knowledge of history and images. The exhibition aims to demonstrate that after Warburg and his “Bilderatlas”, images were no longer seen in the same way. What changed were not the images themselves, but rather the manner in which their relationships to each other were conceived—for some images offer a position faced with others, and all of them together confront what would come to pass in history. Nevertheless, the exhibition is not constructed as a monographic display on Aby Warburg, but as a journey through the history of images from 1914 to today, drawing from Warburg’s thought as its “genius loci”. Currently on view at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía unitl March 28, 2011. Atlas is the name given in Greek mythology to a titan who, along with his brothe