Art and Radiation

The exhibition entitled “Did you say Radiation Protection? Stories of X-rays, radioactivity, etc.” is an absorbing display of artistic interpretations of the concepts of radiation and radiation protection. Dealing with a complex subject, the artists entice the audience to formulate new opinions about radiation protection through their works. The exhibits stimulate visitors to interact with these scientific concepts at a sensorial level rather than rationally trying to explain them. As visitors are drawn through these displays, they are forced to confront these artworks engaging all their senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste.

The artists aim to educate the visitor about the key elements that surround the subject of radiation, such as the difference between X-rays and radioactivity, the context in which radiation was discovered, the hazard it poses and how to protect one self from it.

This combination of science and art is a travelling exhibition co-produced by the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (France), Montbéliard Science Pavilion (France) and the Pays de Montbéliard Metropolitan Region (France); The Curie Museum (Paris), the Röntgen Museum (Remscheid, Germany) and the Deutsches Museum- (Munich, Germany), also contributed to the exhibition. The exhibition travelled around France, then to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the future it is schedule to go on display in Lusanne, Switzerland (late 2009-early 2010) and Helsiniki, Finland (2010), before returning to France.