CentroCentro Cibeles in Madrid receives from May 26 the exhibition Ciencia de Acogida, which will reveal all those scientific men and women who were refugees, along with their contributions to universal science and, finally, to society. All this through a historical journey, with an artistic approach, from Spanish Civil War to Second World War, while visitors are invited to think about current era.

The exhibition is organized by Principia magazine in collaboration with the Madrid City Council, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano-CSIC, Madrid+d, Promega and Gestoos.

Thousands of people flee from war and misery in our days. Many others did during the 20th century to escape from repression. Some of those refugees were Scientist who could continue to research thanks to their host countries, such as Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi or Severo Ochoa.

“Telling their stories seems to be a good example of what means to a country losing its cultural heritage, and what means to host countries, where intellectual benefits give a real value, values that benefit this host countries even nowadays”, explains Enrique Royuela, director of Principia.

Ciencia de acogida is divided in two main modules. First module focus on scientists who had to leave Spain after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, like Severo Ochoa, Dorotea Barnés, Amparo Poch y Gascón, or Blas Cabrera, through a graphical proposal inspired by both factions' propaganda posters.

The second module is dedicated to leading figures who fled from Europe among of Third Reich anti-Semitism, Italian fascism and World War II. It was the fate of Einstein himself, Austrian physicist Lise Meitner or Italian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini. Graphical proposal is inspired by German Bauhaus and French Surrealism.

Exhibition closes, in conclusion, with an artistic work dedicated to current era where emotions arise as protagonists. A piece designed to make viewer think.

Ciencia de acogida will be open to public until September 17, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. As a complement, Principia magazine launches a website where scientists’ biographies present at the exhibition are available, to understand in which context they lived, worked and fled.


—Enrique Royuela Casamayor. Tlfn. 645909133.


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