Gyorgy Kepes: bridging art & science

Hungarian designer & artist. Gyorgy Kepes established the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT in 1947.  As an artist working among scientists in the post WWII, fast changing technological era, he was determined that artists and scientists must learn to collaborate in an advancing world.  He realized that understanding the natural world was a significant unifying factor that motivated both artists and scientists.

He began to organize exhibitions in which he presented hundreds of natural and biological images side by side, drawing from the science and art worlds.  Ultimately these exhibitions were published as a series of books, titled Vision + Value.  Chapters are organized by non-scientific titles like “Image, Form, Symbol”; “Thing Structure, Pattern, Process; and “Analogue, Metaphor.”  It is up to the viewer to continuously interpret and reinterpret the images, both scientific and artistic, by the simple act of viewing these images side by side.

Kepes, Gyorgy. New Landscapes in Art & Science, p.1956.

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