Aby WarburgThe Bilderatlas Mnemosyne – Commentary Volume


This book is not yet published, but will be available from July 2021.

ISBN: 9783775746953 Category:

Roberto Ohrt, Axel Heil


From 1925 until his death in 1929 the Hamburg-based art and cultural scholar Aby Warburg worked on his Mnemosyne Atlas, a volume of plates that has, in the meanwhile, taken on mythical status in the study of modern art and visual studies. With this project, Warburg created a visual reference system that was far ahead of its time. Roberto Ohrt and Axel Heil have now undertaken the task of finding all of the individual pictures from the atlas and displaying these reproductions of artworks from the Middle East, European antiquity, and the Renaissance in the same way that Warburg himself showed them, on panels hung with black fabric.

This folio volume and the exhibition in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin succeed in restoring Warburg’s vanished legacy-something that researchers have long considered impossible.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 43 x 63 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 1 July 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 43 x 63 cm
Weight 300 g

German art historian Roberto Ohrt and German artist Axel Heil searched through the 400,000 individual pictures in the Photographic Collection at the Warburg Institute in London, to reconstruct Aby Warburg's modernist epic of visual thinking: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne.
Bill Sherman is the Director of the Warburg Institute in London.