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Art in the archives

An exhibition of slide photos transformed by time into works of art


One of the slides from the LEP era transformed over time into a work of art.

Bad news turned into a wonderful surprise for those in charge of digitising CERN’s archives. Several thousand slide photos of CERN, created in the 1980s for the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP), the LHC’s predecessor, have not survived the ravages of time. They have deteriorated so badly that it is often impossible to tell what they are supposed to show. But, in doing so, they have become abstract canvases, true works of art.

A dozen of these amazing images will be on display in the Main Building from 29 January to 9 February.

Discover the Volmeur collection
Exhibition at the Main Building
From Monday 29 January to Friday 9 February
Official opening on Monday 29 January at 5.00 pm