Exhibition at the Marine Museum
A fascinating exhibition, a contemporary exhibition.
In the meshes of the net, it is at first, the history of the Great fishing, the distant fishing with the cod, in the waters of Newfoundland, Labrador, Iceland and Greenland: five centuries an incredible technical, economic and human adventure to exploit a resource long appeared as an inexhaustible manna. This is the story of thousands of sailors who leave each year in difficult and perilous conditions that inspired, from the late nineteenth century, many artists, writers, illustrators, filmmakers, whose works will be presented.
This "Great fishing" so lucrative for centuries has made us forget that no resource is inexhaustible. The history of the cod fishery in Newfoundland, for what it has to copy, invites us to think about the consequences of poor management of the seas.
In a second time, this exhibition will give the floor to many actors of the debate: scientists, decision makers, fishermen, shipowners as well as associations engaged in the defense of the environment and biodiversity. Visitors will be able to interact with these different actors through innovative multimedia devices and ask them topical questions: deep-sea fishing, discards, aquaculture, the future of fishing and fishermen ... But because they are also consumers, visitors will be offered tools to consume better and in a "responsible / sustainable" way.
The sea is the future of our planet and the management of marine resources is a major issue, a question that is essential today. Several personalities, Isabelle Autissier (president of WWF France), Erik Orsenna (writer and member of the French Academy), Gilles Bœuf (president of the National Museum of Natural History) will recall it with conviction.
Isabelle Autissier / Erik Orsenna © mnm
Thus, by linking the adventure of the cod fishery and the current situation, the National Maritime Museum wants - for the first time - address in one of its exhibitions contemporary subject, which allow everyone to question the respect of marine resources as well as his role as a consumer and citizen.
Denis Michel Boëll, Chief Curator, Deputy Director of the Marine Museum
Corinne Pignon, Head of the Exhibition Department
Philippe Schmidt, Head of Multimedia Department