500 years ago, a long-dreamed-of human journey began in Seville: to reach the mythical Orient from the unexplored side of the world. This voyage started by Ferdinand Magellan in 1519 would turn into the greatest maritime adventure in history: the first round-the-world voyage completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano and the men of the ship Victoria in 1522. A key journey in the history of exploration, a journey that forever changed the world.
The exhibition project, The Longest Voyage, commemorates the 5th centenary of the first round-the-world voyage with an exhibition which has the objective of disseminating the importance of this journey in universal history and paying tribute to man’s exploratory spirit and his attitude to the unknown. After being displayed at the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, the exhibition will travel to the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastián and other cities with a spirit open to the exchange and collaboration of different agents and venues.
The Longest Voyage reflects on mankind’s attitude towards travel and the unknown by connecting the first round-the-world voyage in history with the individual challenges of the present and the collective challenges of the future. The dream of doing, the value of departing, the experience of voyaging and the fullness of returning are emotional aspects common to all exploratory journeys, and the discourse of the exhibition is built upon them
From October 19th at the lobby of the 2nd floor of KU Baltic Region institute of History and Archaeology (Herkaus Manto str. 84)