Artificial Hearts – The Bridge to Survival
Friday - Saturday: 10:00-18:00
with intervention by Judith Fegerl /Peter Garmusch / Stephanie Pflaum / Samuel Schaab / Anna Witt
The Vienna artificial heart programme evolved over the years to become one of the largest in Europe. Today thousands of the rotary pumps that were jointly developed in Vienna are fitted every year worldwide. The presentation of these huge scientific achievements and the impressive artificial hearts from Vienna General Hospital is supplemented by historical medical exhibits from the Josephinum. Also on display for the very first time are the Josephinian coloured drawings depicting the open heart, which date from the founding of the Josephinum at the end of the 18th century and were revolutionary in their day. There are also interventions by contemporary artists relating in their different ways to the theme of the heart, some of these works having been created specifically for the exhibition.