Putting a name to a face can sometimes be a challenge. But seeing intelligence through a face? ESMoA is opening eyes to the under-appreciated phenomena of typology in art through portraiture of some of the sharpest intellects of our time with Experience 25: BRAIN, featuring iconic works of photographer Peter Badge exploring the faces of Nobel Prize recipients.

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The study of “types” is often used in reference to distinct disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and more. ESMoA’s Art Experience 25 proposes that if the human BRAIN has a face, we should be able to discover it in the faces of those whose intellects have excelled, innovated, achieved, and been recognized for their contribution to humankind by the Nobel Foundation in Sweden.
 
BRAIN presents a cabinet of people – and very smart people at that – for the people. Viewers who venture through the svelte exhibition space of ESMoA will be able to look deep into the eyes and feel close to some of the brightest lights on the planet. The exhibition is populated with 400 portraits of Nobel Prize recipients across all categories: from Jimmy Carter (Peace, 2002) to Doris Lessing (Literature, 2007); Serge Haroche (Physics 2012) to Roger D. Kornberg (Chemistry, 2006); Peter Mansfield (Medicine, 2003) to Robert Mundell (Economics, 1999). And myriad more: some widely familiar, others less so.
  
As captured by photographer Badge, the comprehensive series provides a fascinating glimpse at the under-appreciated phenomenon of typology in modern art, as well as an opportunity to see what the BRAIN of homo sapiens looks like.  A native of Hamburg, Germany, Badge launched his career as a freelance artist before turning 20, and later relocated to Berlin to study art history. Work in freelance photography for magazines gave way to personal projects, with Badge’s portraiture often focused on noted personalities from the arts.      
 
Experience 25 was developed in cooperation with the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Photo: Peter Badge, Elfriede Jelinek, Austria | Literature 2004

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