881 // Pauls Stradiņš History of Medicine Museum


The Man as Industrial Palace is currently displayed in Riga, in the Pauls Stradiņš History of Medicine Museum.

Anatomist: The Factory of the Human Body
The exhibition has two closely linked parts: The first reviews the interpretation of the “factory of the human body” among modern artists, while the second is focused on the same interpretation by Andreas Vesalius.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius in Brussels. He was an outstanding physician and the father of scientific anatomy. In 1543 he released the textbook De humani corporis fabrica, thus overturning governing views about the structure of the human body. In the book, Vesalius reflects “living” anatomy, which is beyond the frozen boundaries. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to examine the second edition of De humani corporis fabrica, which was released in 1555. An interactive version of the book will allow visitors to page through it. The exhibition also features anatomic substances from the Jēkabs Prīmanis Museum of Anatomy.

The modern interpretation of the human body as a factory, in turn, will be presented in the work of ten local artists, who worked in partnership with the Belgian Embassy in Latvia and the magazine Kuš! Interpretations of the human body as a factory are also at the international level, because the exhibition includes an animated video from the German artist Henning M. Lederer. It is based on the famous artwork “Man as an Industrial Castle” that was created by the German physician and artist Fritz Kahn in 1926.


~ by Henning M. Lederer on December 31, 2014.

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