Whoever said curiosity was a bad thing? Thanks to the artist Mark Dion, who designed and built a monumental exhibition room for the Museum of Oceanography, our rarest objects are revealed to you in spectacular fashion.
It was after having scoured the 9th underground floor of the Sea Temple and going through the aquarium to the rarely visited parts, that Mark Dion envisioned the creation of the largest exhibition room of sealife curiosities . With a surface area of 180 m2, 18 metres wide and 10 metres high, it brings together part of our collection and occupies an entire wall on the first floor.
Behind the exhibition glass and centenary library furniture is a collection of skeletons and fossils, models, diving equipment and precious books, all arranged in an orderly fashion. Nature is represented on the left, with culture and human intervention on the right. Amongst the major parts of this exhibit are a naturalised white bear originating from the west coast of Greenland, and Klingert’s diving gear used in 1797, which allowed its inventor to remain at a depth of 12 metres for several minutes.
Presented to the public during the ‘Oceanomania’ exposition in 2011, the "Cabinet of curiosities" has been perennially installed within the museum. It bears witness to the successful alliance of art and science in this Palace founded by Prince Albert I.
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