In collaboration with La Specola and David Cronenberg, this daring exhibition pushes boundaries and sparks new interpretations.

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Research is always at the core of Fondazione Prada’s approach. As seen in some of their previous exhibitions; “Human Brains” and “Recycling Beauty”. “Anatomical Waxes” promises to captivate and challenge viewers in new and spine-chilling ways. The show runs from March 24th to July 17th, 2023.

Unveiling Anatomical Wonders

Divided into two parts; the first features thirteen eighteenth-century wax models, sourced from the esteemed collection of La Specola. These creations offer a view into the intricate world of anatomy, rendered with astonishing craftsmanship.

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The second part presents a series of seventy-two display copies of anatomical drawings. Each acts as a testament to the power of artistic expression in depicting the human form. Together, these two parts form an immersive experience.

Beyond its visual appeal, this exhibition is driven by a deeper purpose. It sparks a connection between historical collections and contemporary institutions. Through unexpected interpretations of cultural heritage, the exhibition invites viewers to delve into new realms of thought and emotion. It seeks to generate intellectual suggestions, but also intense emotional responses, leaving visitors moved and inspired.

Undoubtedly, Fondazione Prada has once again pushed the boundaries of traditional exhibitions. It is an unforgettable sensory experience that will leave you with a fresh perspective on the intersection of art, science, and history.

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Decoding Cronenberg

Renowned director David Cronenberg is known for his distinctive sci-fi horror genre and his fascination with the fragility and transformation of the human body. In this exhibition, Cronenberg’s films, sculptures, and installations challenge viewers’ perceptions of the human form, blurring the boundaries between art and science. The exhibition aims to provoke conversations about the complexities of the human body, the ethical implications of scientific advancements, and the role of art in shaping our understanding of ourselves.

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To complement the physical exhibition, Cronenberg has created a captivating short film featuring four of the wax models. The film delves into recurring themes of mutation and contamination, offering a vivid world of wax models infused with Cronenberg’s evocative psychological impressions and intense emotional responses. This seamless fusion of scientific and artistic narratives is a thought-provoking masterpiece crafted by the renowned creative agency, Random Studio.

Located on both the first floor of the Podium and the ground floor, this exhibition offers visitors a truly immersive and thought-provoking experience. It pushes the boundaries of traditional exhibitions, leaving visitors with a fresh perspective on the intersection of art, science, and history. Through unexpected interpretations of cultural heritage, “Anatomical Waxes” generates intellectual stimulation and emotional resonance, leaving a lasting impact on all who experience it.

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