Sketches of Science

Photo sessions with Nobel Laureates

The exhibition Sketches of Science: Photo sessions with Nobel Laureates is a display of 50 portraits of Nobel Laureates shot by German photographer Volker Steger.

Foto: ©Volker Steger


Each of his meetings with the Laureates began with Steger laying a blank sheet of paper and a box of crayons in front of them, after which he challenged them to: "Draw your discovery!" Once completed, a portrait was taken of the Laureate holding the drawing.

The portraits and a selection of original drawings included in the exhibition are complemented by interviews and presentations of the Nobel Laureates and their discoveries.

Many of the photographs were taken in connection with the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. The exhibition has been produced by the Nobel Museum in collaboration with Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Interviews has been made in collaboration with Nobel Media.

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Stockholm, Nobel Museum
17 March 2016–4 September 2016

Moscow, GUM
21 October 2015–30 October 2015

Hannover, Hannover Messe
13 April 2015–17 April 2015

Washington D.C., House of Sweden
5 March 2015–29 March 2015

California, University of California, Davis
5 January 2015–28 January 2015

13 October 2014–23 November 2014

Sendai, Tohoku University
28 July 2014–31 August 2014

Okinawa, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
12 May 2014–6 July 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Petronas Gallery
6 December 2013–31 January 2014

Singapore, Science Center
16 September 2013–22 November 2013

Mainau, The Castle
24 June 2013–25 August 2013

Heidelberg, Carl Bosch Museum
22 February 2013–31 May 2013

Berlin, Landesvertretung Baden–Würtemberg
17 January 2013–5 February 2013

Frankfurt Airport
6 December 2012–9 January 2013


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

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