“NOBEL VOICES” 33 documentary segments on the most famous Nobel Laureates
The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center, located in the National Museum of American History, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the prestigious Nobel Prize in the new exhibition “NOBEL VOICES”: Celebrating 100 Years of the Nobel Prize” opening on Thursday, April 26. The exhibit will close on Oct. 31.
The Nobel Prize has become an ongoing tradition that records and celebrates achievements that change the way we live. In his will, Alfred Nobel provided for prizes to be awarded “to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” 2001 marks the anniversary of the prizes, first awarded in 1901.
The Lemelson Center received generous support for “NOBEL VOICES” from the Lemelson Foundation. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Deutsches Museum Bonn in Germany and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, with the cooperation of the Meetings of Nobel Prize Winners in Lindau, Germany, annually convened by Countess Sonja Bernadotte of Wisborg, Sweden. “NOBEL VOICES” explores the motivation and vision of Nobel laureates and the history of Alfred Nobel and his prize. It features personal video interviews of laureates, candid photographic portraits and original artifacts, including Albert Einstein’s pipe and William Faulkner’s tweed jacket and typewriter.
“NOBEL VOICES” is a salute to the spirit of innovative thought and action recognized yearly by the Nobel Prizes,” said Lemelson Center director Art Molella. “This exhibit presents, in their own words, the stories of Nobel laureates who have devoted their lives to the service of knowledge and mankind. It showcases the human side of the creative process and examines the motivation behind these extraordinary individuals.”
Genre: Documentary / Video Installation| Year of production: 2000-2001 | Co-Productions: Smithsonian Museum, Deutsches Museum | Length: 60 min | Country of Production: USA/GERM | Written and directed by: Daniela Creutz & N. Hollander