press release

The universe has been a great mystery, and the object of worship and study throughout human history. Myriad mythologies and religious worldviews have depicted the universe in terms of their own cosmic schemes, while dreams of what lies beyond our own world have spawned innumerable stories: one noteworthy example being Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) , Japan's oldest extant piece of narrative prose, which depicts the interaction between human beings and the moon maiden Princess Kaguya.

On a more scientific note, it is now over half a century since man first ventured into space. In the intervening years we have succeeded in landing on the moon, and stationing six astronauts on an International Space Station orbiting the Earth. In the not-too-distant future, space travel could be accessible to all.

The exhibition will begin by asking "How have humans through the ages viewed the universe?" and go on to examine our latest images of the universe based on modern science, plus space travel and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, presenting a variety of masterpieces and other material including famous cosmologies from times and locations across the globe; valuable astronomical material, and contemporary art representations of a multidimensional, wonder-filled cosmos. Where did we come from, and where are we going? "The Universe and Art" will offer visitors a fresh, future-oriented look at the universe and humanity.