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Soap bubbles. Forms of utopia between Vanitas, art and science

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16 March-09 June 2019 
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Piazza Matteotti, 18 - Loggia dei Lanari - 06121 Perugia

Is it maybe a serious thing already?

It's not serious at all.

They're soap bubbles, pure chimeras...".

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

Soap bubbles, symbol of fragility, of the transience of human ambitions, and of life itself, have fascinated since the sixteenth century generations of artists for those games of colour that move on soapy surfaces, for their brightness and their lightness.

This topic, traditionally related to the artistic genre of still life and vanitas, will be addressed for the first time in a dedicated exhibition at the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, from 16 March to 9 June 2019.

The exhibition, entitled "Soap bubbles. Forms of utopia between Vanitas, art and science", represents an interdisciplinary initiative that, in parallel with the historical and artistic itinerary, tells the story of the birth of the scientific, physical and mathematical interest of soap films, models of a geometry of very stable forms.

There will be, on the one hand, an artistic journey consisting of about 60 artworks that cover a long span of time ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day and, on the other hand, a journey documenting the fundamental role played by soap bubbles in the eighteenth-century research on the refraction of light and on colours, up to the subsequent theories on minimal surfaces or on the forms of organic aggregation of the matter.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 8.30 am - 7.30 pm; Monday 12-7.30 pm (last admission 6.30 pm)


Full price € 8, reduced price € 4. Free for some categories, please consult the website for more information.