The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014


Titanomania: New SeaCity Museum in Southampton charts obsession with Titanic
A man looks at a display of over 600 staff who worked and died on the Titanic, at SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England. The new museum will open in the City of Southampton on April 10, 100 years after the ill fated Titanic sailed from the City's docks. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth.

By: Raphael Satter, Associated Press

SOUTHAMPTON (AP).- Somewhere between the black Titanic teddy bears and the pale Iceberg beer, the Titanic Barbie doll and the "Tubtanic" bath plug, the global obsession with the story of the doomed ocean liner began to border on the absurd.

A new museum opening April 10 in the English port city of Southampton has taken this into account, explaining how the world has reported, retold, and sometimes become utterly fixated on the fateful night in April 1912 that saw the White Star liner sink beneath the waves.

"We're looking to tell a different part of the Titanic story," said city council member Mike Harris, speaking Tuesday at a preview event for Southampton's recently built SeaCity Museum.

The museum had plenty of material to draw on.

The ship is at the center of one of the world's best-known tales and one of the best-selling films in Hollywood history. Nearly 100 years to the day since it went down, claiming 1,514 lives, the demise of the reputedly unsinkable ship continues to fascinate, launching films, books, television mini-series and — here and elsewhere — museums.

SeaCity's first temporary exhibit, "Titanic: The Legend," looks at how the circumstances of the ship's voyage has turned into a global obsession.

A world map charts some of the 1,160 Titanic memorials spread across 34 countries, including India, Croatia and Russia. Screens broadcast clips from five different Titanic films, from James Cameron's global blockbuster "Titanic" to the 1912 silent film, "In Night and Ice," which appeared only weeks after the ship sank.

The merchandise appeared almost as quickly. The exhibit carries examples of German plush toy maker Steiff's black "mourning bears," bought as a symbol of solidarity with the victims. Cheaper were the "in memoriam" postcards bearing pictures of the luxury cruiser.

Recent years have seen the proliferation of more varied offerings — from jigsaw puzzles to video games and more.

The Titanic brewery, founded in 1985 in the English town of Stoke-on-Trent, offers a range (or "fleet") of Titanic-themed ales, including "Steerage," ''Lifeboat" and "Capt. Smith's," an homage to the hometown hero who went down with the ship.

Beer not to your taste? Use a "Gin and Titonic" mold to make ship- and iceberg-shaped ice cubes for your cocktails. The product's tag line: "Sink one in your drink."

SeaCity — which scoured the Internet for many of its items — came up with a wide range of kitsch. The "Tubtanic" bath plug lets you splash along with a toy version of the ocean liner as you wash your hair. There are paperweights, in case you'd like the sinking ship to anchor your "In" tray. The Titanic-branded golf balls, one imagines, can help excuse a disastrous swing.

Titanic memorabilia collector John Creamer put it best in his written introduction to one of the exhibits.

"There's some weird stuff out there," he said.

The Southampton museum — built on the site of a disused court building — is merely the latest in a string of Titanic offerings to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the doomed ship's voyage in April 1912.

Last Saturday, Belfast opened its impressive 100-million pound ($160 million, €120 million) Titanic Belfast visitor center to celebrate the city where the ship was built.



Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.





Today's News

April 9, 2012

Titanomania: New SeaCity Museum in Southampton charts obsession with Titanic

Columbia Museum of Art announces major upcoming Impressionist exhibition

British artist Damien Hirst set to unveil new work at Affordable Art Fair, April 18-22, NYC

The window in art since Matisse and Duchamp on view at the Kunstsammlung NRW

Archives of American Art contributes to Syracuse University Library's Marcel Breuer digital archive

Chaumont-sur Loire opens exhibition exploring the relationship between artistic creation and nature

Los Angeles looks to revive mythic past with streetcars in four-mile Broadway-to-Figueroa loop

Future unclear for World Trade Center 45,000-pound sphere that survived 9/11 attacks

History in the Making: Sketches for iconic paintings on view at Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery

Spring season opens at the Monterey Museum of Art with new exhibitions including over 150 works

Smithsonian scientists discover new threat to birds posed by invasive pythons

Art 43 Basel announces Art Statements sector: Twenty-seven solo shows by emerging artists

New outdoor sculpture by Jim Hodges to be installed at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

Kaminski Auctions sells the collection of a prominent Boston Art Deco collector

Pinocchio welcomes visitors to the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Public Theater to unveil revitalized downtown home this fall

New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair to honor American design pioneer Paul McCobb

Cost to pack state park artifacts will cut savings

Cruise ship to retrace voyage of Titanic

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site