The World of the Andes – Mountain Worlds

South America has always exuded a magical appeal to researchers of nature and artists from the German-speaking countries. The highpoint  of this long tradition of research was Alexander von Humboldt's journey to Latin America from 1799 to 1804. A century later, in 1903, the Leipzig-based geographer Hans Meyer and the Munich-based painter Rudolf Reschreiter set off for Ecuador, to explore the Upper Andes. Meyer researched glaciers and volcanos, painstakingly documenting the trip in diaries and photographs; Reschreiter painted the mountain landscapes.

The exhibition places Meyer's  and Reschreiter's expedition into the broader context of Andes research. 14 panels of information introduce the two protagonists, visualising a variety of facets of the journey through Reschreiter's paintings and Meyer's photographs. Comparing the historical photos with shots from more recent research graphically demonstrates the changes experienced by that South American country, its landscapes and towns. The exhibition also takes up the topic of the development of research into the Andes, as well as the artistic presentation of the Andes, conveying impressions from modern-day geo-scientific research.

Contact

Heinz Peter Brogiato
H_Brogiato(at)ifl-leipzig.de
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-126

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Publications

Elias, Anwen / Szöcsik, Edina / Siegrist, Rahel / Miggelbrink, Judith / Meyer, Frank
(2019)
Conceptual framework and contextualisation case study report. -
Aberystwyth, IMAJINE. 20 Seiten (IMAJINE Integrative mechanisms for addressing spatial justice and territorial inequalities in Europe ; D7.1)
Meyer, Frank
(2019)
Subjekt, Dislokation und Territorium : eine Fallstudie zur subjektiven Wahrnehmung des Rückzugs territorialer Regulationsregime am Beispiel des Abbaus von Pfarrstellen in einer schrumpfenden ländlichen Region. -
Leipzig, Fakultät für Physik und Geowissenschaften der Universität Leipzig. getrennte Zählung
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