Exhibition from 12 February 2011: Kon-Tiki Oscar 1951 2011 - The value of an Oscar!
This year it will be 60 years since Thor Heyerdahl won the Oscar for best documentary for the film of the Kon-Tiki expedition. The film was the catalyst behind Thor Heyerdahl's worldwide fame.
Thanks to the film, the book about the expedition became a bestseller around the world. It has been translated in 70 languages and millions of copies have been sold. This gave Thor Heyerdahl the chance to carry out new expeditions and he was always accompanied by a film camera.
In this exhibition the Kon-Tiki Museum wants to show how important film was in making and keeping Thor Heyerdahl world famous.
The exhibition also shows how an Oscar in 1951 provided the foundation for a totally new pop culture involving music, restaurants and fashion. Tiki pop culture! And the Kon-Tiki story continues. A new feature film is now on the horizon with one of the biggest budgets in Norwegian history. It will be directed by the people behind Max Manus and produced by Aage Aaberge and Jeremy Thomas.