CNIO Arte is an initiative that establishes contact between renowned international scientists and artists to explore common territories between scientific research and artistic creation. It has the support of Banco Santander Foundation and in its first two editions it has also had the collaboration of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology – Ministry of Science.
The culmination of each annual edition of CNIO Arte is the exhibition of the work created by the artist for that occasion and its subsequent sale to raise funds to eradicate cancer. Proceeds from CNIO Arte sales go entirely to finance research at the CNIO through the CNO Friends support initiative.
Two exceptional women took part in the first edition of CNIO Arte in 2018 where visual artist Eva Lootz was joined by the eminent specialist in molecular biology, Margarita Salas. The second edition, in 2019, brought together two equally distinguished male participants: Chema Madoz, the photographer and internationally renowned conceptual artist, along with scientist Ignacio Cirac, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching (Germany) and expert in quantum computing.
The third edition of CNIO Art, in 2020, has two outstanding figures from the fields of art and science taking part: visual artist Carmen Calvo and paleoanthropologist Juan Luis Arsuaga.
The CNIO Arte project is based on the fundamental principle that science and art are indispensable for understanding and interpreting the world and that each can inspire the other. According to CNIO director María A. Blasco, “Scientists and artists have always looked into the unknown, the darkness, entered it without fear and with an open mind, in order to learn, to see beyond”.