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"Lux in tenebris. Light in the darkness"

16.03.2015 |

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Lux in tenebris. Light in the darkness

A 3D shipwreck animation, a mysterious figurehead and a lantern room with a view of the most beautiful Polish lighthouses. We are pleased to invite you on a virtual tour of the "Lux In Tenebris. Light In the Darkness" exhibition.

Held in the Granaries on Ołowianka Island until the end of September 2015, "Lux In Tenebris. Light In the Darkness" is devoted to the history of lighthouses and the right of shipwreck. The exhibition consists of two complementary sections – the light part and the dark part.

The dark side of law
The dark part of the exhibition symbolizes a "dark" side of the right of shipwreck. This right entitled lords of coast and accidental finders to appropriate objects and shipwrecks washed ashore. False lights were emitted from the shore in order to cause a shipwreck, vessels were plundered and crews were murdered. A stereoscopic animation presenting struggle of a merchant vessel against a raging sea constitutes an important attraction of this part of the exhibition. Special 3D glasses make it possible for the visitors to witness a real disaster at sea.

Light from a lighthouse
The "light" part of the exhibition is devoted to lighthouses and their history. Exhibited items include models of ancient lighthouses from Alexandria, as well as models from Stilo, Rozewie and Hel and the contemporary Gdansk light placed on the tower above the Harbour Master's Office. A reconstructed 17th century lighthouse, equipped with a crane and a jib holding a basket with burning coal, is a remarkable item presented at the exhibition.

Panorama in a lantern room
The most important part of the light hall is a lantern room: the inside part of a lighthouse with a magnificent view of five objects from Stilo, Rozewie, Hel, Wisłoujście and Krynica Morska – all displayed on screens. Interactive stands fulfil educational as well as other purposes anticipated by the exhibition organizers. A part of the exhibition is dedicated to maritime rescue services, such as Polskie Ratownictwo Okrętowe [Polish Vessel Rescue Service] and the Maritime Search and Rescue Service.

Georg figurehead
A figurehead, or a figure placed at the prow of the ship "Georg" which belonged to Georg Linck, a merchant and shipowner from Gdansk, is undeniably one of the most interesting items presented in the "light" part of the exhibition. The vessel sank in Skagen area in 1857. The figurehead presents a mythological figure of a young man wearing a loin cloth. As a contribution of the museum in Gothenburg, the figure came back to Gdansk for the time of the exhibition.

"Lux in tenebris" - virtual tour


"Lux In Tenebris. Light In the Darkness"
The Granaries
20.12.2014 – 28.09.2015

The "Lux In Tenebris. Light In the Darkness" exhibition was prepared by the Society of Friends of National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk in cooperation with the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk.

The exposition is co-financed by the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Grzegorz Domowicz of DADO s.c. Dakszewicz Domowicz, a company based in Gdansk, is responsible for the exhibition design and construction. The exhibition is held under patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Paweł Adamowicz, Mayor of the City of Gdańsk.

Items presented at "Lux In Tenebris. Light In the Darkness" originate from the National Museum in Gdańsk, National Museum in Krakow, National Museum in Warsaw, Gdansk History Museum, Historical Museum of the City of Krakow, Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, Archaeology and History Museum in Elblag, State Archives in Gdansk and Nordstjernan Aktiebolag company from Stockholm.


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