Science and Art

By Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara

Nature is always one of the greatest inspirations, but a scientific museum can also be of great inspiration for artists too. Here is some example of what our collections and even the museum itself inspired to some artist over the last years. 

The "Noah's ark" art installation by Stefano Bombardieri by Stefano BombardieriMuseo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara

Stefano Bombardieri - The Faunal Countdown

Project about the loss of global biodiversity. November 2010 / january 2011.

Entering this room the sight is really impressive. All of the animals are placed like they are wathcing the visitor.

The building's façade, Stefano Bombardieri, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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Two life-size whale models are placed just outside the building, recalling the unauthorized whaling; a big issue and a serious threat to the survival of the species.

Near the building, Stefano Bombardieri, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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The rhinoceros has also a special meaning for the artist, which uses it often as a symbol of himself.

Crocodile bag, an offsite item of "The Final Countdown" exhibition, Stefano Bombardieri, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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The moodMuseo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara

Mustafa Sabbagh - Ens Rationis

Photographic works insipired by metaphysics. November 2015 / january 2016.

Mustafa Sabbagh's "Ens Rationis" vernissage, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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A photograph by Mustafa Sabbagh between the showcases, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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A photograph placed in the "Ambiente Terra" section.

Collections and pictures, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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The mood, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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In addition to the framed photographs and the installation made of specimens from the museum's collections, there were several monitors with videos on loop.

Pond scene, a painting by Dacia Manto by Dacia MantoMuseo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara

Dacia Manto - Terre silenziose

A project about biodiversity in man made envoronments. September 2014 / january 2015.

a small world could hide even in a ditch

Drawings, notes, small collections, Dacia Manto, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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Small natural items, gathered like treasures, organized like a collection.

Barn owl, Dacia Manto, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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"Il Museo Nascosto" - poster by Marco Caselli MyotisMuseo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara

Marco Caselli Myotis - il Museo Nascosto (The Hidden Museum)

A journey through sights that the usual visitor may never see. April / may 2014

"Museo Nascosto" - part of the exhibit, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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This photographic exhibit is not focused on what the museum has to display, but on the museum itself. The goal is to show with new perspectives some of the activities often hidden to the visitors.

One of the exhibit's pictures, Marco Caselli Myotis, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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In the backstage of a museum, there may be some strange sightings...

A view of the collections storage facility, Marco Caselli Myotis, From the collection of: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Ferrara
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Credits: Story

The museum would to thank the artists:
Stefano Bombardieri
Mustafa Sabbagh
Dacia Manto
Marco Caselli Myotis

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The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
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