DARWIN 150-200

Darwin 150-200 exhibition and catalogue design.

2009 marked the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and 150 years since "The Origin of Species”, his most influential work, was published. The Coimbra Science Museum joined the international scientific community, to celebrate the fundamental contribution of this Victorian naturalist, whose thinking has greatly altered our view of life and our role in nature.

The exhibition took place in temporary exhibitions gallery at the "Laboratorio Chimico", a challenging small area in plan that opens way to the exploration of the total height of the room. The contents, similar to scientific exhibitions, are presented in a minimalistic exhibition design, a departure from the English Victorian aesthetics, generally associated with Darwin. The exhibition includes a synthesis of Darwin’s life and work, and was built upon his main works: "The Origin of Species" and "The Descent of Man”.

The Science Museum of the University of Coimbra is an interactive science museum that aims to provide visitors of all ages an entertaining environment in which to discover science. The Museum presents the University’s collections of scientific objects and instruments as well as a series of exciting exhibits and hands-on experiments. The Museum offers many activities, including temporary exhibits, guided tours, workshops and informal meetings with scientists.

Client

Coimbra University Science Museum

Year

2009

Creative Direction

João Bicker

Design

Ana Sabino

Architecture

Atelier do Corvo

Photographs by
Daniel Santos and Emanuel Brás