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Horror vacui? Vacuum between Imagination and Science: A Tribute to Evangelista Torricelli

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The vacuum exists and air has weight – these are the revolutionary ideas of which Evangelista Torricelli’s famous experiment made in Florence in 1644 provided proof. This discovery is the main subject of Horror Vacui? – a workshop exhibition aiming to recreate the experiments that proved the existence of vacuum. The unusual background to the Machina delle maraviglie dell’aria (Machine of the marvellous operations of air), where the experimental demonstrations are staged, combines the scientific spirit with a baroque atmosphere.


Exhibition Dates

25.09.1999 – 10.10.1999 Florence, Giardino di Boboli
2000 Ancona, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università Politecnica delle Marche