Exhibition "The Color of Thought"

10thOctober/31st October

Place du Palais Royal


The inauguration took place on Friday, October 12th in presence of H.E. Yossi Gal, Ambassador of Israel in France.





The Colour of Thought exhibitiontook place in Deauville from August 4th to September 10th, 2012.

The inauguration took place on August 4th in presence of the Mayor of Deauville, Mr. Philippe Augier and Mr. Jean Claude Picard, President of the AFIRNe (French Israeli Association for the Research in Neurosciences).

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L'exposition La Couleur de la Pensée a eu lieu à Deauville sur les Planches du 4 août au 10 septembre 2012.

L'inauguration, le 4 août à 18h chez Patou, s'est faite en présence de M. le Maire de Deauville, M. Philippe Augier, et de M. Jean-Claude Picard, Président de l'AFIRNe (Association Franco Israélienne pour la Recherche en Neurosciences).

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Exhibition "The Color of Thought"

25th September/25th October

Terreiro do Paço

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation´s garden


" The Color of Thought" is an open air exhibition that will take place between the 25th of September and the 25th of October, at Terreiro do Paço and at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation´s garden, in a joint initiative between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

To increase public awareness on major topics of Brain Research, a concept combining “Brain & Art” was developed.

Visual representations of brain structures are created using sophisticated techniques combining electronic microscope, optogenetics, modelling, MRI, and the special Brainbow technique. This technique is used around the world by cooperating laboratories, under the direction of leading scientists. The images are rich in contrast with colourful vibrancy. Using state-of-the-art optical microscopy, genetically engineered nerve cells can be seen producing fluorescent pigments that shimmer in roughly one hundred distinct colours. Because each cell generates its own colour combination, even directly adjacent neurons can be identified.

The vivid colours in the images seem to draw their inspiration from modern works of art.

This exhibition consists in about twenty-nine large-format visual representations of the brain, which are compared and contrasted alongside works of art by modern masters such as Dalí, Monet, Munch ou Cargaleiro. Curators Angelo Bucarelli and Viviana Kasam have selected the images and their parallels. We believe that our combination of Brain Research and Art will appeal to a wide public and reach a large audience.

An initial version of the exhibition was staged in 2011 on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a central pedestrian street in Milan, in partnership with the BrainForum Italy. On display for four weeks, the images generated a great deal of media interest and public participation. Additionally, the exhibition is being planned for 2013 in cities such as London, Berlin, Monaco and New York.

Along with the exhibition, the Brain.Org (www.gulbenkian.pt) will also take place on the 9th and 10th of October integrated in the Gulbenkian Health Forum which this year is fully dedicated to the neurosciences.











Exposição "As Cores do Pensamento"

25 Setembro/25 Outubro

 Terreiro do Paço

Jardins da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian


"As Cores do Pensamento" é uma exposição ao ar livre que decorre de 25 de Setembro a 25 de Outubro, no Terreiro do Paço, e nos Jardins da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian numa iniciativa conjunta da Universidade Hebraica de Jerusalém e da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Esta iniciativa consiste em imagens ampliadas do cérebro produzidas por cientistas provenientes de laboratórios do mundo inteiro, durante o seu trabalho de investigação na área das neurociências. Simultaneamente, estas fotografias encontram inegáveis semelhanças com pinturas e esculturas de artistas de renome internacional. A exposição coloca assim, lado a lado, 29 fotos científicas que contrastam com 29 obras de arte, de artistas como Dalí, Monet, Munch ou Cargaleiro. O objectivo é dar a conhecer a um público menos especializado os progressos realizados na área da neurociência que identificam a relação do cérebro com a criação artística.

A exposição foi concebida pelos curadores Angelo Bucarelli e Viviana Kasam, pela primeira vez em Milão o ano passado e dado o sucesso da mesma, este ano "As cores do pensamento" chegam a Paris, Deauville e Lisboa.  Adicionalmente, está actualmente a ser planeada para 2013 em Londres, Berlim, Mónaco e Nova Iorque.

Durante o período de exibição da Exposição realizar-se-á o Brain.Org (www.gulbenkian.pt), integrado no Gulbenkian Health Forum, este ano dedicado à área das neurociências, e a decorrer nos dias 9 e 10 de Outubro.




The Colour of Thought exhibition

Simulation of the upcoming Paris Street Exhibition

Place du Palais Royal, October 2012

By combining the fields of art and brain science, the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) and its scientific partners have created an exciting new approach that invites art-lovers and the community-at-large to see and experience the wonders of the brain. “The Color of Thought” street exhibition, initiated and organized by the European Friends of the Hebrew University, aims to expose the general public to neuroscience by combining amazing visual representations of the brain with modern art.

Curators Angelo Bucarelli and Viviana Kasam selected various images of the brain — created by ELSC members and colleagues from other leading brain research institutes, using scientific diagnostic and imagery technologies such as electron microscopy, modeling, optogenetics, magnetic resonance and the special Brainbow fluorescent technique — and then matched them with parallel works by modern artists such as Klee, Miro, Dali and Kandinsky to create a unique and thought-provoking experience.

“The Color of Thought” exhibition started its journey in Milan in 2011 and is now traveling throughout Europe. To date, it has been shown in Deauville and Lisbon and is currently in Paris until November 14. London and Berlin are scheduled for spring 2013 and there are plans to show it in some 13 other cities by the end of 2014. In each city where it has been shown, the street exhibit has been widely advertised on billboards and public transportation, drawing much public interest and extensive media coverage.

A joint project with Europe’s leading neuroscience research centers — including Inserm, the Grenoble Insitute of Neuroscience, ENS, ENP and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation — this high-profile exhibition has become a major vehicle for the  European Friends to increase awareness of, and visibility for, ELSC and its impressive research achievements and scientific partnerships. Similarly, the exhibit is being combined with additional European Friends’ events that focus on the brain. These have included a two-day public conference entitled ‘Brain.org’ in Lisbon that was hosted by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and which featured ELSC’s Prof. Idan Segev among the international speakers. In Paris, the French Friends of the Hebrew University’s seventh annual AFIRNE Brain Forum was entitled ‘Addiction and the Brain’ and was held in conjunction with the street exhibition.



Italy - Milan, Corso Vittore Emanuele: March - April 2011 (see more)

France - Deauville, Les Planches: From August 4th to September 10th, 2012 (see more)

Portugal - Lisbon, Terreiro do Paço and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's garden: From September 25th to October 25th, 2012 (see more)

France - Paris, Place du Palais Royal: From October 10th to 31st, 2012 (see more)