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L'Océan, un défi commun
Musée de la Marine

Musée National de la Marine, Palais de Chaillot, 17, place du Trocadéro, Until 2 october.

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This exhibition of the Museum of the Navy is initially whole homage paid to Jean-baptiste Charcot, famous explorer of polar adventures, disappeared body and heart with its crew in 1936. The exhibition is extremely human as it recalls the fabulous destiny of this untiring navigator (1867-1936), son of one of the most important neurologists of this time, at one time when the conquest of the poles signs the last great forwarding to make move back the ultimate ignorance of planet. Three symbolic objects point out the memory of Charcot to us: A simply illustrated and stamped biscuit LU tin box of a photograph of Charcot accompanied by its boat. This commercial imagery reveals us later the popularity of the explorer, equal to that of the notorious cosmonauts a few decades afterwards. In 1903, Charcot will be the first to open the bases of scientific research of the South Pole thanks to its boat, la Français. Its notoriety becomes immediately international. A photograph of "Pourquoi Pas", its ship of 1934, evokes forwarding in Groenland in company of Paul-Emile Victor for an immersion in Inuits culture. A being Ex-voto on board "Pourquoi Pas", call upon Marguerite Cléry, Sainte Owner of the Icebergs the destiny of this boat symbolizes, leaves Reykjavik on September 15, 1936, then, victim of a furious storm, is crushed on the reefs the day even, letting survive one member of the crew.

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