CERN Accelerating science

05 Mar 2020

A traveling art exhibition entitled ‘Quantum/Broken Symmetries’* will bring the results of CERN’s art and science residencies to four museums worldwide in 2020 and 2021: iMAL in Brussels, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Le lieu unique in Nantes and Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn.


Particle physics and the aesthetic complexity of accelerators together create endless inspiration for artists seeking to imagine scientific objects with artistic expression. Arts at CERN is the official arts program of CERN and the leading worldwide art and science program fostering the dialogue between art and physics. Between 2016 and 2018, ten international artists completed their residencies alongside physicists, engineers, and IT experts at CERN, as part of the Collide International Award, a partnership program between Arts at CERN and FACT (Liverpool, UK). During these residencies, artists were able to experience the way the big questions about our universe are pursued by fundamental research.

The exhibition features ten international artists: Julieta Aranda (Mexico), Diann Bauer (USA), James Bridle (UK), Juan Cortés (Colombia), hrm199 (UK), Yunchul Kim (South Korea), Lea Porsager (Denmark), Suzanne Treister (UK), Semiconductor (UK) and Yu-Chen Wang (Taiwan).

‘Broken Symmetries/ Quantum’ gathers the outcome of these exchanges under the curation of Mónica Bello, curator and head of Arts at CERN, and Peruvian researcher and curator José Carlos Mariátegui. Adapted to several different museums, the traveling exhibition explores the influence of physics in culture and creativity across disciplines. In 2018 and 2019, it traveled to Liverpool and Barcelona.

“We are thrilled to see that after two successful exhibitions seen by over 16 000 visitors at FACT Liverpool and by over 80 000 visitors at CCCB in Barcelona, these artworks can travel further and allow CERN-inspired art to touch even more people with the wonder of science” says Charlotte Lindberg Warakaulle, CERN’s Director for International Relations.

This year, the exhibition will open in Brussels on 5 March and travel to Taichung, Taiwan on 14 March.  Quantum will travel to Tallinn, Estonia opening on the 20th of October. In 2021 the exhibition will be shown in Nantes, France,

The exhibition is co-produced by ScANNER (the Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research), a consortium created by CERN, Geneva; FACT, Liverpool; CCCB, Barcelona; iMAL, Brussels and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes.

*Please note that the exhibition title varies for each city: ‘Broken Symmetries’ for Liverpool and Tallinn, ‘Quàntica’ for Barcelona, ‘Quantum: in search of the invisible’ for Brussels and Nantes and ‘Broken Symmetries, Art x Physics’ for Taichung.

The touring dates might undergo changes due to the exceptional measures derived from the crisis.