Brain Scan: Neural Architectures Exhibition

Our Brain & Mind series continues with an exhibition of imagery showcasing the true beauty of the brain, with commentary from prominent neuroscientists in the accompanying catalog, Neural Insights.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


March 15, 2011 - March 26, 2011


Free. Contact us in advance if you plan to stop by the exhibit. See details below.

“No human horizon is as urgent and ripe for discovery as neuroscience,” says S. Barak Caine, of Harvard University.

Like outer space, the universe that resides inside our skull holds endless possibility for exploration. Scientists studying the brain use ever more sophisticated imaging technology and other techniques to unlock the secrets of the mind. But what can their results, published in scientific journals as supporting figures and data, do to help non-specialists understand the complexity and overwhelming beauty of the brain?

The exhibition Neural Architectures seeks to help us understand. Curated by Benjamin Bollmann and continuing our Brain & Mind series, the exhibit showcases neuroscience’s stunning visuals with Lambda prints in lightboxes, video projections, and computer renderings blown up and placed on view to ponder through an artistic lens. Branching neurons morph into forests of trees while neurons of the hippocampus are unveiled in vibrant Matisse reds and blues. A cross section of the cerebellum bares resemblance to a delta as seen from above. Retinal neurons become sea creatures. Glial cells growing in a petri dish: lightning.

The exhibition’s accompanying catalog, Neural Insights, includes commentary on the state of brain research from prominent neuroscientists and includes full color photos of the works included in the show. Neural Architectures premiered at the University of Zurich in 2010.

Exhibition Hours

Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact us in advance if you plan to stop by the exhibit.


Photo: Myleen Hollero