Den völligen Gegensatz zum Antlitz bildet das Wort Maske.
Pavel Florenski 1882-1937 in: "Die Ikonostase"
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends
In 1988, after the last Wilsede meeting, Elena Frolova and her friends
had the marvelous idea of organizing a Volga Wilsede meeting. Today, I
am very pleased that this idea became true. Every day, we dream of freedom
and peace. A small part of this dream has today come into our hands. Everybody
here has done his best to come together for good science and in friendship.
I am sure that this Volga Wilsede meeting and the Neva Wilsede Meeting
will become part of the international tradition of good science in a peaceful
human atmosphere. For us this door is open: let us go through.
Moscow, 13 June 1990
Dr. Rolf Neth asked me to say a few words about my last work, which I called
"Alexander Maximov's world". I could think that many of you had to learn
or to study his experiments and results, when they were students. Well,
I am not competent enough to give a valuation of his work or meaning in
histology. But the few things I read about his work and life gave me a great
deal of respect and admiration. Specially how he drew and painted the results
of his experiments in such a filligran and precise way. Amongst scientists,
often the work of a colleague is not always considered with great admiration
rather more with a feeling of respect or competition. So, when I put up
some kind of a monument for Alexander Maximov, it is the paintcrs admiration
for a scientist, who probably drew much better than I ever would do in histology.
Now to my work: There is the real and spiritual world of Alexander Maximov.
The polarisa tion of the idea is seen on the right side which shows the
three stations in his life. First : St. Petersburg, where he worked at the
Military Medical Academy for some years. Second: In Berlin, the Charite
Hospital, where he worked like his famous colleagues Arinkin and Botkin
before. Third: And last station of his life was the University of Chicago
where he had to emigrate with heavy heart after october revolution. On the
left side you see two blood pictures which have been drawn by Alexander
The upper picture which looks like a Super Nova is a cell of a mouse fibroplast
which Alexander Maximov in his time could not see like this, as the electronic
microscope was'nt invented then. This is the contemporary level of this
work together with the circled Wilsede motif over the tower . If you look
closer and I could help everybody with my magnifying glass, you discover
that Maximov's two blood pictures are drawn in the silhouette of the Emhof
(up side down) and the Granary. The Center shows the portrait of Alexander
Maximov about the time as a young man in St. Petersburg and it shows close
to his heart the entrance to his laboratory in the Military Academy. To
end now, I sum up the key idea may be called 5 seconds of inspiration and
five weeks of rather hard work. Alexander Maximov as a tower surrounded
by the real buildings St. Petersburg, Berlin and Chicago and on the other
hand surrounded by his spiritual buildings, the blood pictures in the silhouette
of Wilsedes granary and the Emhof. So I thank you for accompanying my explanations
of Alexander Maximov from St. Petersburg to us here in Wilsede.
Maximov's world Etching 40 x 60 by Michel Weidemann
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