The Beautiful Brain: Exploring Art and Neuroscience

Image by Santiago Ramon y Cajal of glial cells

A new collaborative project aims to create conversations and expand our understanding of connections between visual art and neuroscience.

In fall 2017, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will present The Beautiful Brain, the first North American museum exhibition featuring the drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience and an exceptional artist. In the 1890s, Cajal produced detailed drawings of brain cells that would change the way scientists understand the brain.

Aimed at inspiring creativity and curiosity, the exhibit brings together a mix of artists, curators, scientists, physicians, psychologists, and sociologists from across the globe to explore the neurobiology of visual art. This highly-anticipated show exemplifies the Belkin Art Gallery’s commitment to programming that incorporates a spirit of research to advance knowledge, and, rather than providing answers, proposes questions.

Through a special collaboration with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, this project also includes an international conference focused on fostering cross-disciplinary communication between scholars from the sciences and humanities. Other education events will include guided tours, gallery talks, concerts and lectures.

Image by Santiago Ramon y CajalOrganized by the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, The Beautiful Brain traveling exhibition features 80 of the Nobel laureate’s drawings, which will be accompanied by a selection of contemporary neuroscience visualizations by international scientists.

The Belkin Art Gallery’s adventurous exhibition and educational endeavours depend on the support of donors. Join us to explore the new frontier of art and neuroscience by bringing this exciting exhibit to audiences in Vancouver.