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Past Exhibition

2018 Special Exhibition Antarctic Still Life, History and Heritage

  • Period 2018 - 11 - 27 ~ 2019 - 03 - 03
  • Showroom Special Exhibition Hall
  • Ticket fee Free

The Antarctic carries enormous values as it is still not damaged and leaves a massive amount of research to be conducted, being the only natural environment on the earth which humans cannot emulate or find anywhere else. And yet, humans’ access to it has been extremely challenging due to its harsh natural environment with its average temperature below -34℃ even to -89.2℃.

However, humans dared to be bold in their challenge and overcame it. The Antarctic currently stands as a place with vivid traces of courageous people in the last.

The expedition bases where Scott’s and Shackleton’s expedition teams stayed for exploring and researching the Antarctic imbue a uniquely dull and barren ambience formed through harsh climate and tumultuous years. The eerie atmosphere where the dark walls are covered with sea bludder and the cold and quiet bases embedded with sad stories of the members might be the most still and desolate place on the earth, making one teary. This can be such an intense and special experience.

This special exhibition of Korea National Maritime Museum decided to call these images “Still Life.’ Various objects of survival discovered by being vividly conserved in the bases, expeditionary and training journals vividly manifesting Antarctic expedition members from Korea that are housed at the museum and letters of commitment to pledge that one would sacrifice a life in engaging in the Antarctic expedition might be dubbed as ‘Still Life’ in the Antarctic. And the continuum of the still life is a ‘History inscribed in Mother Nature inviting humans over and the historic ‘Heritage’ of the Antarctic.

Korea National Maritime Museum decided to present a special exhibition titled “Antarctica Still Life, History and Heritage” based on such images and meanings of the Antarctic.

In particular, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Korea Polar Research Institute for extending its support for this exhibition, Canterbury Museum in ChristChurch, the Antarctic Heritage Trust [AHT] that strives to care for conservation of the Antarctic heritage, and many others for their cooperation and precious endeavors for this exhibition.