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Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain


Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Artist:  Jennifer Steinkamp
Madame Curie
MCA 83.5 x 21.9, 83.5 x 18.6, and 22.6 x 22.2 feet;  ACME 43.81 x 14.16 feet
Photo Credit: 
Robert Wedemeyer
Exhibition History:

  1. Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, curated by Stephanie Hanor and Lucia Sanromán, January 23, 2011 - February 5, 2012, exhibited Madame Curie.
  2. ACME, Los Angeles California, Curated by Robert Gunderman and Randy Sommer, February 12 - March 12, 2011, exhibited 1.
  3. KIAF, Seoul, Korea, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea, curated by Haekyung Kim, September 22 - 26, 2011, exhibited 1.
  4. Art Stage, Singapore, Lehmann Maupin, New York, January 12 - 13, 2012, exhibited 2.
  5. Biennial Video Invitational: Video Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska, curated by Sharon Kennedy, June 1 - September 9, 2012, exhibited 1.
  6. Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, curated by Toby Jurovics, January 26 - June 9, 2013, exhibited Madame Curie.
  7. Madame Curie, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, curated by Margo Ann Crutchfield, October 28, - December 1, 2013, exhibited Madame Curie.
  8. Art 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai, China, November 12 - 16, 2014, exhibited 2.
  9. 㴠㹴㡛  2014 New Acquisitions - part 1, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea, curated by SunJu Kang, March 6 - May 8, 2015, exhibited 1.
  10. Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, curated by Kathryn Kanjo, December 15, 2016 - August 27, 2017, exhibited Madame Curie.
  11. The Van Every/Smith Galleries, E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, Davidson, North Carolina, curated by Lia Newman,  August 21 - December 10, 2017, exhibited Madame Curie 3.
  12. Naturaleza Digital, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain, curated by Alejandro Sánchez Menéndez, February 23 - April 22, 2018, exhibited Madame Curie (wall 1).
  13. Space Exploration, Gyeongnam Provincial Art Museum, Changwon, South Korea, May 30 - August 18, 2019, exhibited Madame Curie 1.
  14. Pictures Like Nature, Daejeon Museum of Art, daejeon, South Korea, curated by Suyeon Lee, Madame Curie 1, November 22 - January 29, 2023, exhibited Madame Curie 1.

Description: The Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned Jennifer Steinkamp to create a site-specific video animation work to respond to the interior architecture the Farrel Gallery, a former baggage room for the railway. Entitled Madame Curie, the seven-channel, synchronized projection is inspired by Steinkamp's recent research into atomic energy, atomic explosions, and the effects of these forces on nature. Marie Curie was the recipient of two Nobel Prizes for creating the theory of radioactivity, and discovering radium and polonium. She was also an avid gardener and lover of plants. Flora rendered realistically for this work include rambler roses, wisteria, chestnut blooms, and hop plants, among many others drawn from a list of over 40 plants mentioned in Marie Curie's biography written by her daughter, Eve Curie.
Text by Lucía Sanromán
Part of the collections:

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, Madame Curie.

Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea, Madame Curie 1.
Dior store, Paris, France, Madame Curie 1.
Washington University, Neuroscience, St. Louis, Missouri, Madame Curie 2.



Flowers included:
apple blossoms
chestnut blooms
gorse yellow
hop plant
passion flowers
rambler rose


ACME, Los Angeles


Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska