What remains invisible to the naked eye is spectacularly revealed in the exhibition „Microstructures I“, which brings you eye to eye with the mouthparts of a mosquito larva, butterfly eggs or mites magnified more than a thousand times. Pollen, flowers or insects that we see every day, are more wonderful than we could ever imagine when examined closely.

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Everyone knows they exist, but no one can see them – Microstructures. In search of perfect function, natural evolution over the course of time has created microscopically small masterpieces. These are the basis of molecular biologist Dr. Martin Oeggerli’s artistic work.

His photographic tool is the scanning electron microscope (SEM). With the help of this instrument and a meticulous coloration technique, he creates unique pictures. A butterfly egg becomes a sculpture and the cross section of a human retina, which enables us to see, becomes an abstract pattern.

The exhibition celebrates the boundless variety of the microcosm – and makes the beholder aware that even the tiniest living organism is perfectly configured. With „Microstructures I“ Martin Oeggerli builds a bridge between science and art.

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Martin Oeggerli


Martin Oeggerli

Martin Oeggerli is one of the most renowned science photographers worldwide.
He publishes regularly in National Geographic and has taken part in many international exhibitions. In 2011, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei invited him to exhibit his work at the Gwangju Design Biennale.

In his latest project, carried out together with scientists at the University of Basel and National Geographic, he has developed the first ever image sequences for an IMAX movie in 3D on the basis of a REM.



The exhibition consists of 43 high quality prints behind acrylic glass in the formats 60 x 60 cm and 70 x 50 cm.

Accompanying material & service
  • Exhibition catalogue
  • Text boxes with subtitles
  • Introduction to the exhibition
  • Support in the planning and realization
  • Design of the documentation

Further details are available here (PDF).
Impressions of previous exhibitions are available here.



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