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Pavel Florensky Exhibition Opens at the MAMM
29.11.2012 10:37
Pavel Florensky Exhibition Opens at the MAMM

Drawings, manuscripts, portraits, photographs, illustrations to the course of classical Greek philosophy belonging to the hand of the priest Pavel Florensky, one of the most amazing people of the twentieth century, will be demonstrated at the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) exhibition named "Florensky - Russian Leonardo".


The exhibition will be open until December 16, and it coincides with the 75th anniversary of Florensky`s death. The display includes unique exhibits from the museum-apartment of Florensky, some of the photos from the original glass negatives made by the priest at the end of XIX century are shown for the first time. The manuscript of the treatise "The alleged government structure of the future" written in the extreme conditions of Florensky’s detention at the Lubyanka in 1933 will also be exhibited.


Photography takes a special place in the life of Florensky who is rightly called “Russian Leonardo da Vinci”. In 1930 the scientist managed to design a compact device that allows to take photographs through the invisible rays without a source of electric current, in the dark and in silence. The device was named "Aidograph" that means "the one which draws the invisible", and it was patented as a “manual device for photographing through the invisible rays”, that is in the infrared and ultraviolet light, beyond the visible spectrum. In his exile in the Far East Florensky examined permafrost and ice crystals, skillfully using photomicrography, he also developed a special camera for the microscope. In addition, the scientist made a significant contribution to philosophy and theology, philology and art history, mathematics and physics, ethnography and museology, electrical engineering and geology.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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