A museum like the Thyssen may seem a strange place to talk about science. However, since ancient times, art and science formed a single body of knowledge. It was only after the forced separation of Nature and Culture in the 17th century, and the subsequent enlightened organization of knowledge, that their separation became blatant.

Today, despite the specialization of knowledge, both scientists and artists agree on the common role played by inspiration. More importantly, they often collaborate on common projects to better understand the world we live in and to act on its most pressing challenges, such as climate change.

In this spirit, this new space opened by the museum under the title "Let's Talk about Science", aims to revindicate the distant origins of the museum institution as a museion, that is, a center dedicated to the muses, where poets and scientists lived and worked together.

According to the planned agenda, it will include activities as diverse as guided tours, colloquiums, symposiums and activities related to the week of the science.

Programme

Let´s talk about Science
Corner of a Library. Rincón de una biblioteca, 1711
Guided visit
The whispers of the Big Bang (A walk throug the Thyssen and the origin of the universe)

What if you could see some of the most representative paintings of the museum in a completely original and unique way? The whispers of the Big Bang is an activity that combines art and science by proposing, with a guided tour, to explain the current vision of science about the origin of the universe through some of the most significant 20th century plastic works of the Thyssen collections. This is a different way to visit the museum.

During this guided tour we learn about the Big Bang theory, understanding its main features and the most important moments of the evolution of the cosmos history. We talk about the first instants of the universe and the creation of atoms, about the cosmic microwave background, the formation of galaxies or dark matter. And we do it all in a unique setting, with works by Mondrian, Magritte or Klee, which help us to establish a fascinating association of ideas. A science talk in an extraordinary place. This activity is a collaboration between the museum and La Academia Arte y Ciencia.

The visit is guided (in spanish)  by Miguel Peiró, PhD in Particle Physics and Cosmology, and head of La Academia Arte y Ciencia.

In order to take part in these special tours, you only need to purchase your general admission ticket at our ticket office or via our website and pay an additional fee of €9.

Times:
16.30 (duration: 1 hour)Dates:April: 5, 12, 19 and 26May: 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31June: 7, 21 and 28July: 5 and 12September: 6, 13, 20 and 27
Date:
Fridays from January to July and September 2024
Price:
€9 additional fee over the ticket price
Young Woman with a Lighted Candle at a Window. Joven a la ventana con una vela, c. 1658-1665
Activity in the past - Special
The Alliance with the Muses (Science Week 2023): thematic tour and round table

The Alliance with the Muses is a proposal for a free tour through the rooms following an itinerary that blends art and science, interweaving the spectator’s emotional experience before the paintings with scientific reflections based on the exhibits.

The aim is to break down the walls between disciplines and provide a unique vision of the nature that surrounds us through the languages of art and science, to create a visual narrative of science that awakens the imagination of the visitors, and to contemplate the paintings with a different look.

This is not an aesthetic explanation or an artistic critique of the works, but a way for science to become more accessible and immersive through this dialogue with art, and for the public to experience how the mysteries of science merge with the nuances of art to create a unique, original and, above all, emotional conceptual framework. This transmission of science through art creates landscapes between abstract scientific notions and concrete works of art that everyone can enjoy.

The activity The Alliance with the Muses, designed to celebrate Science Week, has a double format:

1) A free brochure to freely tour 15 works from the permanent collection, commented by members of La Academia Arte y Ciencia: Miguel Peiró, Candela Pérez and Alejandro Sanz; researchers from the Instituto de Física Teórica UAM/CSIC: Alberto Casas, David Cerdeño and Esperanza López, and the scientist from the Department of Biology of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Patricia Álvarez-Campos.

2) A round table moderated by Miguel Peiró and integrated by Patricia Álvarez-Campos, Alberto Casas, Esperanza López, Candela Pérez and Alejandro Sanz, which will take place in the Auditorium, on November 16 at 17.30, with free admission until full capacity is reached.

 

Date:
Free thematic tour: from 6 to 19 November 2023. Round table: 16 November 2023
Place:
Thematic tour: museum rooms. Round table: auditorium