While celebrating its eightieth anniversary, the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo offers its public a daring exhibition that brings together the Museum's vocation with one of the great narratives of the Portuguese imaginary.The Tragic-Maritime History is a literary heritage in concrete and a patrimonial metaphor of inclusive nature. In this cultural injunction lies one of the treasures of Portuguese culture, one of its most indelible traces. In this narrative ballast, whether in the 1758 work of Bernardo Gomes de Brito or in the innumerable appropriations and glosses that have joined it, our main identity enigma is projected: are we epic or tragic? Has our collective identity become imbued with tragedy or results from epic deeds? From Classical Antiquity to Portuguese Humanism of Discoveries, history and culture of shipwreck carry a dense imaginary and suggest a human track of lives made and lost at sea. These timeless references report the history of navigations and the saga of the cod fishing, represented in an eloquent way here.
Until 31th December, 2017