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I Salute You, the Eternal Sea!

Over the years, the Museum of the World Ocean has displayed art exhibitions from the leading Russia’s  museums as well as solo exhibitions by modern seascape artists. Poppe Folkerts, German impressionist, stands out among intriguing but almost unknown names in Russia. If it is possible to draw an analogy to Russian artists then Poppe Folkerts can be recognized in the same light as the prominent painters of the early 20 th century such as Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin and Ilya Repin.

Poppe Folkerts’ art is a graphic example of European seascape painting of the first half o the 20 th century. The artist himself was also a traveler and a skillful yachtsman and had close relations with the Kunstakademie Königsberg, where he studied with Professor Ludwig Dettmann (1902—1903). Here in 1908, he held his first solo exhibition. And now, 110 after, artist’s canvases are in the Amber Land again.

The idea to present an exhibition by this artist in Kaliningrad appeared in spring 2016. It took two years of intense correspondence, in-person meetings and trips to make plans come true. During numerous negotiations partnership between the Museum of the World Ocean and German Society Fördergemeinschaft Poppe-Folkerts-Museum Norderney e.V was established. The Consulate General of Germany in Kaliningrad assisted and supported the organization of the exhibition.

From September to December, 2018, guests of the Maritime Exhibition Hall in Svetlogorsk are welcome to see and enjoy amazingly talented, fresh and unbelievably bright Poppe Folkerts’ works. The exhibition I Salute You, the Eternal Sea! features 46 works (painting) embracing the period from 1901 to the late 1940s. Today, this art is estimated at 1 million Euro and one picture can cost from 50 to 100 thousand Euro. 

The museum is going to publish a catalogue with the materials of the exhibition. It can keep your impressions got during the meeting with the paintings by the outstanding German artist.

 


Sei mit gegrüßt, Du ewiges Meer!

 

Kunst und Kultur verbinden die Menschen über alle Grenzen hinweg. Kultur hat nie Grenzen gekannt; sie war immer ein gemeinsames Gut und hat die Völker verbunden!

Karl Welbers – Vorsitzender der Fördergemeinschaft Poppe-Folkerts-Museum Norderney e.V. – hat in einer Pressemitteilung festgestellt, dass die Nordseeinsel Norderney sich auf die Poppe-Folkerts-Ausstellung „Sei mit gegrüßt, Du ewiges Meer!“ im Museum of the World Ocean in Kaliningrad / Russland freut. Der Bürgermeister der Stadt Norderney Frank Ulrichs schreibt hierzu in seinem Grußwort: Eine große Ehre für den Seemaler Poppe Folkerts und für die Insel Norderney. Denn Poppe Folkerts und Norderney gehören zusammen. Wer von Folkerts spricht, denkt an Norderney, und wer an Norderney denkt, für den verbinden sich im Bereich der darstellenden Kunst wie selbstverständlich Name und Werk des Künstlers.

Die Ausstellung wird eröffnet am Montag, dem 03. September 2018 – 16:00 Uhr im Ausstellungszentrum Svetlogorsk des Museums der Weltmeere und dort bis zum 03. Dezember 2018 gezeigt.

Der Generalkonsul der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Kaliningrad, Dr. Michael Banzhaf, hat die Schirmherrschaft übernommen und wird bei der Eröffnung ein Grußwort sprechen und dabei die Bedeutung des Künstlers hervorheben. Die Generaldirektorin des Museums der Weltmeere, Svetlana Sivkova, wird die Gäste begrüßen und verweist darauf, dass dieser Künstler erstmals in Russland gezeigt wird. Der Projektleiter für maritime Kunst am Museum und Kurator der Ausstellung, Pawel Matviets, und Karl Welbers werden im Dialog über das Zustandekommen der Ausstellung berichten; der Vorstand der Poppe-Folkerts-Stiftung, Hayo F. Moroni, wird als Enkel des Künstlers über seinen Großvater und seine Kunst sprechen.

Der Norderneyer Seemaler Poppe Folkerts – 1875 – 1949 – , der von 1903 – 1905 bei Professor Ludwig Dettmann an der Kunstakademie in Königsberg als Meisterschüler studierte, sagte beim Abschied 1905: In Königsberg waren es die schönsten Jahre!“ Nun kommt er mit 46 seiner Werke als anerkannter deutscher Impressionist, der in einer Reihe mit Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth und Max Slevogt steht, zurück. Die Ausstellung zeigt eine Auswahl seiner Werke und gibt einen guten Überblick über Breite seines Schaffens, von der „Letzten Zuflucht“ in der Seenotrettung, über Landschaftsmotive, Porträtbilder der Familie bis zu monumentalen oder spektakulären Schiffsmotiven auf hoher See.


The Aral and the Ustyurt Plateau: Terra Incognita

 
In the Year of Ecology, the Museum of the World Ocean and the Association of Peredvizhniki Art Photographers invite you to the project "The Aral and the Ustyurt Plateau: Terra Incognita" devoted to the tragedy of the Aral Sea. 
From November 1, the exposition Depth will turn into a unique area of Central Asia – the desolate Ustyurt Plateau which used to be a seabed of the Tethys Ocean 20 million years ago and the Aral Sea-Lake, one of the largest lakes on the Earth, which is disappearing rapidly in full view of the present generations. Michael Flint’s and Vladimir Onopko’s photographs will show the desert of Ustyurt in spring when accumulated during winter, scant moisture gives short life to plants; how delicate flowers “flutter out” of barren soil and on bushes like butterflies; how the Aral Sea appears blinding blue under the Central Asian sun; how lifeless are its shores and surface that used to be an oasis beyond imagination. 
The world’s attention to the Aral Sea, its environment and nature of Central Asia was provoked by the environmental disaster that has changed this land beyond recognition. As far back as 40 years ago, the sea area reached 70 thousand km² and was nicknamed “fish barrel”. It was a source of life for hundreds of thousands of people and home for the enormous bird kingdom. By the present moment, the Aral has shriveled, its area has tenfold reduced in comparison with 1960, the south shore has moved 100 km northwards, the seafloor has turned into a salted desert with the city of Mo‘ynoq, a former fish capital of Karakalpakstan, in the centre. Sandstorms scatter the Aral salt over hundreds of kilometers and so depriving soil of fertility. The rich Aral ecosystem died – there is no fish in the water anymore and birds left this former land of plenty.
Located to the west of the Aral, the Ustyurt Plateau, almost lifeless rocky desert, extends for hundreds of kilometers right up to the Caspian Sea. It is an unknown world – the world of aloof beauty and inaccessible desert. 200-meter steeps and slopes keep the memory about the ancient ocean Tethys and reveal the geological history of the plateau: limestone, sandstone, dolomite, gypsum and shell rock of diverse colours — from dazzling white, coffee-coloured and pale pink to green, blue and brown-red. It is striking and unexpected combination of colours in the desert. 
The history of civilization in this land is also amazing. Covered with 20-meter layer of water not so long ago, the Aral seabed hides settlements and mausoleums of the 11th-15th century. And the Silk Road ran across the Ustyurt Plateau.
Sixty photographs of the exhibition The Aral and the Ustyurt Plateau: Terra Incognita at the Museum of the World Ocean will portray beauty, diversity, uniqueness and variability of the wonderful world of nature.
The exhibition will last from November 1 to December 10.
 

The Danube Delta

 

PelecanusThe Museum of the World Ocean continues joint cooperation with the Natural Sciences Museum Complex in Constanta (Romania) and invites you to their new exhibition project "The Danube Delta".

The opening takes place on October 27 at the congress hall in the main museum building. The new exhibition will move its guests to one of the most beautiful corners of Romania – the Danube Delta. 
Large photographs will try to portray exceptional attractiveness of the unique nature that is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Every image is a wonderful opportunity to become a guest of Romania and learn its history and nature. We hope that the exhibition project will reveal magnificent world of Count Dracula’s motherland.
Cooperation between the Museum of the World Ocean and the Natural Sciences Museum Complex in Constanta began in 2014. Many projects have been implemented since that time, including People and Whales: Heroism and Tragedy exhibition which was a success in Constanta in summer 2016. And now our Romanian colleagues are going to pay us a return visit. 
We would like to think the exhibition will be a starting point of an amazing journey. Probably, it is the Danube Delta that will leave that very impression which may make you to take a fresh look at Romania and start packing. 

The exhibition will last from October 28 to December 5.

 


Patrons of Seafarers, Heavenly and Earthly

 

The Museum of the World Ocean in cooperation with the Moscow Kremlin Museums and with the support of PJSC LUKOIL (for the 45th anniversary of LLC LUKOIL-KMN) has prepared the most expensive exhibition project in the history of Kaliningrad Region - Patrons of Seafarers, Heavenly and Earthly.

Over a hundred original items, related to the history of the Russian Navy and people patronizing it are leaving the Kremlin for the first time and coming to Kaliningrad.
It is the first Moscow Kremlin Museums’ project dedicated to both Supreme and Royal patronage of seafaring and seafarers, comprising the art of the 15 th to the 19 th century.
A variety of pieces from pocket watches, calipers, lorgnettes, inkstands and snuffboxes to cold arms, icons and awards are going to reveal a glorious heroes’ age. Visitors are going to see decorations, tableware, lockets with the monarchs’ portraits inside andtapestry portraits of the emperors Peter the Great and Alexander I.
All these artifacts are not only of historic and cultural significance but they are also fine jeweler’s art, since the most part of them is made of precious metals and inlaid with gems.

The 320th anniversary of the Grand Embassy and Peter the Great’s visit to Koenigsberg gave an idea to focus on the Petrine Epoch – late 17th - early 18th century. So, visitors will admire fascinating and impressive story about navigators and their patrons – those who were invisibly present nearby all the time.

The exhibition is on display from September 7, 2017to January 14, 2018.

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