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Bicentenary of the Medusa
The "Raft of the Medusa", which Theodore Géricault presents at 1819, is today one of the most famous paintings in the world. We know less that this image of suffering and universal hope is directly inspired by a true story, that of the frigate the "Medusa", part of Rochefort for Senegal and stranded off the coast of Africa in July 1816. Human drama, the "Medusa" is also a political scandal at the time of the return of Louis XVIII and a major moment in the history of art. Rochefort, former naval arsenal, plays a leading role in this famous affair. The bicentenary is the occasion to bring it back into the local memory by multiplying the approaches.
The shooting of a documentary film for Arte in 2014, in collaboration with the Marine Museum, was an opportunity to revisit the whole adventure and build a replica on the 1 scale of the most famous raft of the " history.
A real storytelling machine, this raft is also a scene, set up in the museum's courtyard in Rochefort, open to all modes of expression. It is in this spirit that the museum approaches the bicentenary of the event, opening wide the door to all those that the Medusa inspires, and they are numerous!
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