23 March 2017 - 23 July 2017
Seek and you shall find – from the pineapple’s skin to da Vinci’s works, Marilyn Monroe’s facial features or the façade of Leipzig’s Old Town Hall. The golden ratio appears to be omnipresent – and can also be found in the internet analysing images of cats or a brawl in the Ukrainian parliament. The proportion, elevated to a universal absolute of harmony in the nineteenth century, has retained an irresistible fascination ever since antiquity. Is there really a mathematical principle underlying our perception of beauty? Or is this would-be ‘Theory of Everything’ just a charming myth?
For the first time, an exhibition is now casting light on this phenomenon from a range of perspectives. “Divine Golden Ingenious. The Golden Ratio as a Theory of Everything?” takes a multimedia and interactive approach to exploring fascinating worlds of form, critically assessing the golden ratio’s history and application. From geometric principles and the Fibonacci series, said to be found in growth patterns in plants, to Le Corbusier’s Modulor with its graduated scales of proportion – the exhibition brings together around 250 objects and artefacts from architecture, art, design, nature and music to reveal the role of the ‘divine proportion’ across the spectrum of creative processes.
In search of the golden ratio, visitors can use a golden template to analyse exhibits, holographically compare their own facial features with the golden proportions, complete golden puzzles and play golden music on the gorschel, an instrument especially constructed for this exhibition. And for the grand finale, they can immerse themselves in a virtual world systematically constructed on the rules of the golden ratio – but will it really fulfil the promise of aesthetic perfection?