In the autumn of 2014 Leuven will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius with a broad cultural programme. Vesalius is one of the most important figures in the history of modern medicine and is a well-known alumnus of the University of Leuven. With his masterpiece De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1543) he broke away from the established values and knowledge of his day – an impact that can still be felt today.
The Vesalius exhibition in M is the highlight of the project. It situates the founding father of anatomy in his time, the Renaissance, but also examines how, through the centuries, the image of the human body was clearly influenced by vesalius’ work. At the same time, other players from the artistic, cultural, scientific and touristic sectors provide their own interpretation surrounding the theme, the human body, in the form of dancing, theatre, film, video, music and historical town walks.
Curator: Geert Vanpaemel, professor of History of Science, KU Leuven