Masters of Abstraction

“Masters of Abstraction” photo exhibition by renowned photografer Peter Badge


Peter Badge was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1974 and began his career as a freelance artist and photographer in 1993. In 1995, he moved to Berlin to study art history and has been living and working there ever since. He initially worked as a freelance photographer for various magazines, and soon began developing his own independent concepts and projects. Choosing portraiture as his primary focus, Badge concentrates on noted personalities, including scientists and politicians, artists and actors, musicians and photographers and, in his latest works, on “Men on the Moon – from Armstrong to Aldrin”, “Icons of the Economy” and “Philanthropists”. He has also completed a series on the electronic music pioneer Oskar Sala, Elvis impersonators (“Elviswho”) and the popular German actor and musician Marius Müller-Westernhagen (in cooperation with the Art Cologne and the National Music Center in Washington, D. C.).

Badge embarked on a comprehensive series of photographs of Nobel laureates in 2000, commissioned by a group of renowned organizations including the Deutsches Museum in Bonn, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of American History and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C., as well as his partners, the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. This project, supported by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, has developed into a long-term, ongoing mission, which has taken Badge all over the world in order to capture images of all living Nobel laureates. Since 2012, Badge has been commissioned by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, respectively the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (in cooperation with the award-granting institutions) to create portraits of all recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing (since 2016), the Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize around the world. Peter Badge has published numerous books, most recently “Ingenious Encounters”, and his portraits have been printed in magazines and newspapers worldwide. His work is represented in various international private and public collections. Peter Badge is the Honorary Consul of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste in Germany.

Background of the HLFF:
The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which is an international networking event where 200 outstanding young researchers in mathematics and computer science meet the recipients of the most renowned prizes in these disciplines. In addition to promoting scientific exchange and the development of young researchers, the HLFF strives to increase the public’s awareness of the social, economic and scientific importance of mathematics and computer science. The HLFF was established and is funded by the German foundation Klaus Tschira Stiftung (KTS), which promotes natural sciences, mathematics and computer science.


Venue: MAINS (Mathematics Informatics Station)
Kurfürstenanlage 52
69115 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 533-382
Date: May 20 to August 31, 2017
Opening hours: Thursday–Sunday and holidays, 2 to 7 p.m.
Admission: free of charge
Group tours: upon request
Organizer: Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation
Schloss-Wolfsbrunnenweg 33
69118 Heidelberg
Phone: +49 6221 533-382


Impressions of the exhibition:

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Impressions of the opening:

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