Exhibition "Sun. The source of light" at the Museum Barberini


The painting "Impression, Sunrise" by Claude Monet, as well as about 80 other works with the Sun as the focal point, will be on display at Museum Barberini starting February 25.

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Feb. 23, 2023 //

On Saturday, February 25, the exhibition "Sun. The source of light" at the Museum Barberini. Besides great works by Claude Monet, William Turner and Otto Dix, 15 photographic plates of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) will be presented.

In 1872 Claude Monet painted his work "Impression, Sunrise" and thus gave the style of Impressionism its name 150 years ago. The painting shows a red morning Sun in the port of Le Havre and is the starting point of the exhibition "Sun. The Source of Light," which will be on view at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam starting February 25.

The exhibition is dedicated to the visual representation of the Sun from Antiquity to the present. Around 80 sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, prints, photographs and books are presented, including works by William Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and Otto Dix. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) is donating 15 photographs on glass plates to the museum for the duration of the exhibition. They originate from the Einstein Tower archive and show the various stages of a hybrid solar eclipse on April 17, 1912.

The exhibition can be seen at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesdays until June 11, 2023.

In addition to the exhibition, the film "Ode to the Sun" will premiere on February 26 at 4 p.m. in the museum's auditorium. It will subsequently be broadcast on ARTE at 4:40 p.m. on March 5 and will be available via the Mediathek.

The key areas of research at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aims at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and E-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. The AIP has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1992.
Last update: 23. February 2023