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Art at the HZB

Acoustic sculptures on the theme of BESSY-VSR

Ikosahedron at BESSY II

Acoustic artist Gerriet K. Sharma is composing on the theme of BESSY-VSR. Together with physicists from the HZB Institute for Accelerator Physics, he has been working since early 2016 on realising an extraordinary acoustic art project. Following several months of intensive effort, the artist anticipates presenting his work in summer 2017. →Acoustic Sculptures

MyBeamline: Kevin Fuchs Photographs about BESSY II

An artistic view of technology and researchers

Kevin Fuchs works as a freelance photographer in Berlin. The 31-year-old Swiss spent a year taking photographs at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin. The pictures make up the final project of his photography studies at the Ostkreuz School of Photography. Interview mit Kevin Fuchs

Lise Meitner memorial

Lise Meitner Monument in the courtyard the Humboldt University of Berlin

Since July 2014, a monument stands in the Cour d’honneur of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to commemorate one of the most eminent female scientists. The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin supported the construction of the Lise-Meitner monument, which was unveiled at a ceremony on 10 July in the Cour d’honneur before the main building Unter den Linden. More about the Lise-Meitner memorial

Graffiti in the lecture hall

Graffiti in the lecture hall of the Helmholtz Centre Berlin

Art and research create new opportunities for interaction and get people talking. A progressive project was the redesign of the HZB auditorium on the Lise-Meitner Campus in Wannsee by the artist duo Heiko Zahlmann and Gerrit Peters. Both artists have been in the graffiti scene for many years, and have artistically unified the research topics of HZB in a giant mural. Artists Gerrit Peters (TASEK) and Heiko Zahlmann (RKT one) spoke about the project. Interview with Gerrit Peters und Heiko Zahlmann

Ursa Schöpper – Photographic Art

Structures and light effects at HZB: The picture 'Materiality' by Usa Schöpper (Detail)

Photographic artist Ursa Schöpper was on the loose with her camera at HZB in 2010. She photographed structures and optical effects at both campuses of HZB. Photographs resulted that show unusual details of laboratory and large-scale facilities. After undergoing post-processing, the photos have been transformed into new pictorial worlds and compositions of intense colour. →Ursa Schöpper (German only at present)

Stolpersteine at BESSY

Stumbling blocks in the Albert-Einstein-Strasse in Adlershof

There are few reminders of the history of the site on which the electron storage ring BESSY II now stands. Two brass-coloured stumbling stones provide a small clue: they bear the names of Clara and Leo Fichtmann, who used to live here on the site in a summerhouse. As Jews, they were arrested in 1942, deported and subsequently murdered. Ten years ago, in the summer of 2005, the initiator of the "Stolpersteine" project, the artist Gunter Demnig, laid two concrete blocks with the name plaques in the pavement on Albert-Einstein-Straße. In memory of the Fichtmann couple.