The City of the Arts and Sciences devotes an exhibition and an IMAX film to the Antarctic

May 3, 2006

The City of Arts and Sciences devotes an exhibition and an IMAX film to the legendary expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew, who between 1914 and 1916 managed to survive for almost two years in the Antarctic when their ship Endurance was caught in the ice and gradually destroyed
The City of the Arts and Sciences devotes an exhibition and an IMAX film to the Antarctic

 

The inauguration of the exhibition “Trapped in the ice” and the première of the film “Shackleton’s Adventure" were attended by the Regional Secretary for Events and Projects, Luis Lobón, the secretary general of the Caixa Catalunya bank, Josep Querol, the organiser of the exhibition, Jerónimo López, and the director of Travelling Programmes of the American Museum of Natural History of New York, Nancy Lynn; the latter institution ceded the collection on loan.

Lobón explained that the City of the Arts and Sciences "is undertaking for the first time in its history a joint enterprise between the Museum, the Hemisfèric, and the Oceanogràfic; these spaces will share activities on the same theme: the Antarctic". He has also announced that as well as the exhibition and the film, "the Oceanogràfic will shortly exhibit a sample of the work carried out by Spanish scientists during the Antarctic campaign".

The regional secretary for Events and Projects has emphasised that the Generalitat Valenciana through the City of the Arts and Sciences "supports the holding of forums, activities, and scientific exhibitions that contribute towards the progress and wellbeing of all. In this specific case it promotes greater awareness of the Antarctic”, which he has defined as a "symbol of international agreement and the protection of the environment ".

Until 3 September the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum hosts the exhibition “Trapped in the Ice", organised and sponsored by the Caixa Cataluña Foundation, which combines the story 0f the Shackleton adventure with a great variety of contents on the Antarctic from a contemporary scientific perspective.

The Hemisfèric likewise hosts the Spanish première of the IMAX film “Shackleton’s Adventure", which recreates the travels and hardships of Shackleton and his men with the filming of images of the places where this story unfolded: South Georgia, Elephant Island, and the Weddell Sea. It also shows the original photos and 35-mm film shot by Frank Hurley, the official photographer of the expedition. "Shackleton’s Adventure" will be shown from Monday to Sunday at 13:00 hours and on Fridays and Saturdays also at 21:00 hours.

"Trapped in the Ice"
The exhibition "Trapped in the Ice" which includes a total of 167 photographs in colour and black and white, presents the most complete collection of photos ever shown by Frank Hurley, the photographer of the expedition. The images have been taken from Hurley’s original plates and negatives, together with the album of the photographs he took on board the Endurance.

Together with the photographs of the Shackleton expedition, the collection also aims to show the characteristics of the Antarctic continent, the difficulties of living and moving about under the harsh environmental conditions, and the importance of the research carried out there. Moreover, the exhibition has a series of videos on the history of South Polar exploration and a reference area.

“Trapped in the Ice” likewise presents several interactive modules that show the rotation and movement of the Earth regarding the position of the Sun, or the simulation of the sun’s path on the horizon in southern latitudes, and includes several games based on food, clothing, or materials used during the expedition.

A series of lectures have also been organised parallel to the exhibition with the aim of going deeper into matters of interest concerning the Antarctic such as its political and administrative situation, the history of the continent, the scientific research carried out there, the protection of the environment, or the importance of polar areas and their influence on the climatic regulation of the planet.