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CNIO Arte is an initiative undertaken by the CNIO funded by the Banco Santander Foundation aimed at building bridges between outstanding figures in the world of science and art so that together they can explore the territory that both their respective fields of endeavour – scientific discovery and artistic creation — have in common.

Two exceptional women participated in the first edition (2018): the pioneering molecular biology scientist Margarita Salas and the well-known visual artist Eva Lootz. The second edition of CNIO Arte will bring together two equally admirable men in 2019: the photographer and internationally renowned conceptual artist Chema Madoz and Ignacio Cirac, expert in quantum computing science and Director of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics.

The starting point for this exchange of approaches is the assumption that both science and art are absolutely necessary in order to understand and interpret the world, and that each discipline can draw on the other for inspiration. In the words of Maria A. Blasco, the head of the CNIO, “Scientists and artists have this in common: both of us are used to staring into the face of the unknown and have not hesitated to venture ever deeper into the darkness with an open mind, the better to see into the beyond and learn from it.