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THE WORLD FROM ABOVE. The Dream of Flying in the 19th century

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 Artists and technicians of all epochs have been preoccupied with flying. This exhibition is of paintings, photographs, machines, models and plans from the 19th century: the era when flying became a technical reality. For a long time, people could only dream of appropriating the flying technique of the birds and enjoying the divine experiencing of viewing the world from above. The...

 Artists and technicians of all epochs have been preoccupied with flying. This exhibition is of paintings, photographs, machines, models and plans from the 19th century: the era when flying became a technical reality. For a long time, people could only dream of appropriating the flying technique of the birds and enjoying the divine experiencing of viewing the world from above. The breakthrough from that dream to the technical reality of flying freely through the air was finally achieved by Otto Lilienthal (1848–1896) in the early 1890s.

For Lilienthal, a wing shaped like that of a bird was the point of departure, leading to the first successful glider flights andthe discovery of the principles of uplift still valid to this very day.
What had inspired the flights of fancy of artists throughout the
19th century became a revolutionary fact of technology: time
and space are no longer fixed; the airplane relativizes everything.

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