Tempus Fugit: Time Flies

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


What is time? Is it a scientific phenomenon that can be universally measured and catalogued? Or do different cultures interpret time in their own unique ways? In this online exhibition for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, visitors can explore the concept of time in works of art dating from 900 BCE to the present. In “World Times” they can journey through time and space to examine works and the stories behind them. In “Conservation Time,” they can examine time’s impact on the creative process and on conservation. A third section, “20th Century Time,” was based on loaned objects and closed at the end of 2000. It explored the concept of time as expressed by 20th century artists.


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Reviews & Comments

“Working with Terra Incognita was a dream come true. With a brilliant knowledge of their medium and keen insights into my conceptualization of the project, they brought Tempus Fugit: Time Flies to life in ways that I had not imagined. The working process was more than collaborative, it was a true meeting of hearts and minds in the creation of a work of art.”

— Jan Schall, Curator

“…a strong total package: lovely design, strong content that is thoughtfully conceived and well executed throughout.”

— Museums and the Web