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Denmark’s Incredible Fishing Adventure
Our exhibition on Denmark’s Incredible Fishing Adventure celebrates the Esbjerg fishing industry and presents the fishing captains’ testimony of their extraordinary experiences as an offering to their home town. This is our farewell to Esbjerg’s legendary years as a great fishing city and our celebration of the fishing industry that shaped the city.
Both the portraits and the stories make this a very personal exhibition. The exhibition takes us on the journey of life itself. This was a wild life, and the wildest thing of all is that the fishermen don’t even think it was anything special, reflects museum director David Dupont-Mouritzen.
About the exhibition
There are still some fishing captains and fishermen from the great days of fishing living in Esbjerg. People with stories and a treasure trove of experience of fishing in the twentieth-century decades when the industry was at its height.
This opportunity was unique, and we grasped it. In our exhibition we have secured for future generations a glimpse into Denmark’s greatest, wildest fishing adventure.
Seventy-six former fishing captains came by the museum to contribute to the story told by our exhibition. The result is a fusion of collection and documentation, storytelling and photographic portraiture.
Our digital audios recreate the stories that the captains retell in their own voices..
On the occasion of our fiftieth anniversary and the opening of Denmark’s Wildest Fishing Adventure, we offer an exclusive guided tour of the exhibition on 28 April and 5, 12 and 19 May.
In vivid images, photographer Jes Larsen from Territorium and artist Emilia Rubæk Holm have used the captains’ portraits and personal narratives to bring these amazing adventures to life.