Alfred Nobel: Networks of Innovation

The Nobel Museum's travelling exhibition: Alfred Nobel: Networks of Innovation was on a world tour. The première took place in Dubai, April–May 2008. The next stop was Paris at Palais de la découverte. March 1st 2009 the exhibition opened at A. S. Popov Central Museum of Communications in S:t Petersburg. During 2010 it was shown in Stockholm, and after a stop in New Delhi during winter 2011, Alfred Nobel: Networks of Innovation opened in Tokyo in October 2011 for its final stop.

The exhibition presents the innovator and entrepreneur Alfred Nobel, who lived in Paris for 20 years and built up his industrial empire from there. It is a state-of-the-art exhibition that has been created in cooperation with artists and filmmakers and using the latest technology, developed in collaboration with Samsung Electronics. 

The Nobel Museum's global travelling exhibition presents the entrepreneur and innovator Alfred Nobel. The visitor will learn more about his life, his network of co-workers, business contacts and friends and, finally, how he gets the idea to donate money for an international prize. Through video artworks and new-recorded short films the visitor gets to know Alfred Nobel in a new way and also to meet some Nobel Laureates and members of the Nobel Committees on a number of small monitors.

Photo: ©Åke E:son Lindman

The exhibition is built in five pavilions with different headlines, each one of the pavilions deals with a part of the story about Alfred Nobel. It is:

  • The cities S:t Petersburg and Paris – where Nobel lived most of his life
  • Innovations – that characterized his lifetime achievement
  • Networks – which made his large business empire possible
  • The last will – the foundation for the Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel – Networks of Innovation is innovative just as Alfred Nobel himself. In total there is no less then 160 monitors installed in the exhibition. From one single computer it is possible to design, synchronize, schedule and publish information on the thin client in each monitor. An example of the advantages with this flexible solution is that texts could easily be changed to another language when the exhibition arrives in a new country.

This exhibition project has also resulted in a book. Alfred Nobel: Networks of Innovation is published by the Nobel Museum in collaboration with Science History Publications/USA.

Photo: ©Åke E:son Lindman


The Nobel Museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions, on the Nobel Prize, the Nobel Laureates, Alfred Nobel and related topics.


Dubai, Dubai Men's College
30 March 2008–28 May 2008

Paris, Palais de la découverte
6 October 2008–10 January 2009

S:t Petersburg. A.S. Popov Museum of Communications
9 March 2009–7 June 2009

Stockholm, Nobel Museum
13 February 2010–12 September 2010

New Delhi, National Science Centre
8 August 2010–28 February 2011

Tokyo, National Museum of Nature and Science
31 October 2011–22 January 2012

Exhibition Production

Curator: Olov Amelin

Project coordinator: Anna Stenkula

Designer: Björn Ed

Participating Artists: Mike Bode & Staffan Schmidt, Underhuset (Erik Hedman), Filmtecknarna (Jonas Odell), Karin Wegsjö

Research: Anders Bárány, Anna Busch, Karin Jonsson, Ulf Larsson, Fredrik Skog, Anna Stenkula

Graphic design: Jonas Lindkvist

Lighting/visual systems/technical coordination: Transpond AB

Constructional design: Jan Gouiedo

Sound design: Magnus Andersson Lagerquist

Building system: Eton Systems AB

Smithery: Peder Wolfbrandt

Carpentry: Långholmens snickeri

Textiles: Nina Tapetserarverkstad, Josefin Textilverkstad

Graphic Production: Big Image

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