Gustavianum makes art of Swedish natural sciences in Tokyo

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Uppsala’s biggest university museum, Gustavianum, is showcasing the interplay between art and science at the University Museum in Tokyo. The exhibition The Art of Natural Science in Sweden presents a selection of works created by famous figures from Uppsala who have influenced the natural sciences worldwide, with art as their medium.

MTAB was in charge of transporting the works to the University Museum in Tokyo. The exhibition consists of paintings, books and unique objects associated with the scientific pioneers Olof Rudbeck, Carl Linnaeus and Carl Peter Thunberg. In their efforts to understand and describe nature, they worked closely with artists, a collaboration that resulted in huge numbers of drawings, watercolours and engravings. Quite simply, the scientists needed the artists for their work, blurring the lines between science and art. The exhibition The Art of Natural Science in Sweden describes the scientific Golden Age from 1670–1800.

 

Gustavianum, The Art of Natural Science
©Intermdiatheque, Tokoyo University Museum, University of Tokyo (UMUT).

Opened the door between Japan and the West

Swedish scientific pioneers played a key role in Sweden’s relations with Japan. The exhibition includes Carl Peter Thunberg’s Flora Japonica, the first detailed description of the flora of Japan. Thunberg’s expedition to Japan in 1775–1776 earned him the nickname “the Japanese Linnaeus” and contributed to long-standing ties between Japan and Sweden as early as the 18th century. By highlighting historical connections, the exhibition is a part of the celebration of 150 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

 

Gustavianum, The Art of Natural Science
©Intermdiatheque, Tokoyo University Museum, University of Tokyo (UMUT).

 

Mikael Ahlund, deputy director of Uppsala University’s museum Gustavianum and commissioner of the exhibition The Art of Natural Science in Sweden:Treasures from Uppsala University, says:
-The grand opening was quite spectacular. With both the King and Queen of Sweden and the Emperor and Empress of Japan in attendance, the project gained a lot of attention. All of them were very enthusiastic and asked a lot of questions about the works. Emperor Akihito also has scientific training and visited Uppsala during the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Linnaeus’s birth. The fact that Sweden and Japan can come together through a mutual interest in scientific and art history means that we are building strong relations and broadening the perspective of art over national borders.


Client case: Transport to Tokyo in the name of science

If any customs documents are missing, for example, customs may demand to open the packaging, which can have terrible consequences for sensitive objects. That’s why we’re happy to have a company like MTAB, which has extensive competence in national and international transportation,

says Mikael Ahlund.

Read more about the transport to Tokyo.