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Wittgenstein – Philosophy and Photography

LSE Arts public exhibition

Date: Monday 28 May - Friday 29 June 2012
Time: Monday-Friday, 10am-8pm
Venue:  Atrium Gallery, Old Building

Two important Wittgenstein exhibitions: "Wittgenstein and Cambridge" and "Wittgenstein and Photography" (first shown at Clare Hall and at PandIS, the Photographic and Illustration Service of Cambridge University) have been combined and have been brought to LSE for the first time. The exhibition will be of interest not only to students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines, at universities as well as schools and colleges, but also to anybody interested in learning about Wittgenstein through his own writings and photographs, and through correspondence about him.

Alongside the exhibition panels, 12 original screen prints by Eduardo Paolozzi influenced by Wittgenstein, will be on display. Visitors will be provided with catalogues and a flipbook based on Wittgenstein's own photographs as well as a drawing. The exhibition will close on Friday 29th June with a presentation by Dr Michael Nedo, the director of the Wittgenstein Archive Cambridge.

Wittgenstein had a keen interest in photography. He not only composed a photo album depicting his life, but also experimented with the medium . Pictures, images and photography all feature in his works. One of the pictures shown in the exhibition is a construct, a composite from individual images of his three sisters and himself to illustrate his idea of "Familienähnlichkeit", his concept of family resemblance. The exhibition consists of photographs taken by Wittgenstein, pictures from his photo album, as well as photographs taken by friends and relatives. They are accompanied by quotations from Wittgenstein's writings and from his correspondence with his Cambridge friends, colleagues and family.

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This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays, when the school is closed at Christmas and Easter or unless otherwise stated below). For further information email arts@lse.ac.uk or phone on 020 7107 5342. 

Just economics and politics? Think again.  While LSE does not teach arts or music, there is a vibrant cultural side to the School - from weekly free music concerts in the Shaw Library, and an LSE orchestra and choir with their own professional conductors, various film, art and photographic student societies, the annual LSE photo prize competition, the LSE Literary Festival and artist-in-residence projects. For more information please view the  LSE Arts website. 

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* The atrium gallery is occasionally used for private school receptions, on these evenings the gallery will open from 10am - 6pm. During this exhibition this includes the evenings of 29, 31 May; 15, 20, 28 June.