Kyoto University European Center × DIWH Tōkyō “FASCINATION OF SCIENCE” Exhibition (12/21–1/15 | Kyoto)

The Kyoto University European Center × German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) Tokyo jointly organize “The Driving Force of Research that Changed the World – FASCINATION OF SCIENCE” Academic Exchange Photo Exhibition which will be displayed at the Kyoto University Museum. 

Kyoto University, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, has produced many outstanding researchers, including Nobel Prize and Fields Prize laureates – proof of being a top university in Japan. In this exhibition, 38 portraits of prominent researchers from around the world will be on display. The portraits show 12 Nobel laureates such as Distinguished Professor Shigefumi Mori (Kyoto University, School of Advanced Studies) and Professor Shinya Yamanaka (Kyoto University, iPS Cell Research Institute), as well as promising young female researchers – future leaders in research. The black and white photos depict the researchers with words and characteristic motifs that have motivated their research written on their hands. The expressions on their faces and the content of their messages are diverse, vividly expressing each researcher’s willingness and curiosity to explore fundamental questions. 

The exhibition consists of works by Herlinde Koelbl, a leading German photo artist. Her motivation was “to make science more accessible to society, to show people how interesting it is, and to encourage young people to pursue a career in science.” 

Kyoto University is not only a research university, but also one of Japan’s leading institutions of higher education. Through the expressions and recorded messages of the 38 portraits on display, we hope that visitors will be able get into an imaginary dialogue with the researchers and – in the process – to feel the history of the university’s researchers, whose research created outstanding knowledge. 



Duration: 2022/12/13 – 2023/1/15

Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9:30 – 15:30 (last entry 15:00) ※closed from 28 December to 4 January

Venue: Kyoto University Museum, Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan (OpenStreetMap)

Organizers: Kyoto University European Center, German Center for Research and Innovation (DWIH) Tokyo


Composition: Stefan Speidel

Planning:  German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Support: German Federal Foreign Office

In Cooperation with: Kyoto University Museum

Herlinde Koelbl

Herlinde Koelbl is a renowned German photographic artist, who received – among other awards – received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009 .

Her work includes long-term projects such as Spuren der Macht (Traces of Power) in which is interviewed and photographed personalities from politics and business from 1991 to 1998. Ms. Koelbl also published a collection of portrait photograph of former chancellor Angela Merkel taken from 1991 til 2021.