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Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history


THE ILIZAROV METHOD - Medical opening between East and West
From 26 April 2012 - 1 August 2012

The exhibition tells the story of how the famous Russian doctor Gavril Abramovich Ilizarov's sensational orthopaedic method in medical science arrived in the West and won great acclaim.

Russian doctor Yury Senkevitch met the Italian explorer Carlo Mauri on Thor Heyerdahl's reed boat voyages (Ra 1969 and 70) and (Tigris 1977/78). And it was here THE ILIZAROV METHOD's adventure in the West started. The exhibition's exhibit texts are in both Norwegian and Russian, and the plan is for it to visit both East and West after ending its run at the Kon-Tiki Museum on 1 August 2012.

The exhibition was put together through a good partnership between Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, and the Kon-Tiki Museum. We would like to express our immense gratitude to Professor Harald Steen MD, Leif Pål Kristiansen MD, John G. Birch MD, University of Texas, South Western Medical Center, and Dror Paley MD, St. Mary's Hospital, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Easter Island, Myths, and Popular Culture 

New exhibition at The Kon-Tiki Museum from 28.04.2010- 28.09.2010.
Focus on Thor Heyerdahls work against pollution at sea.
40 years after Thor Heyerdahl and his international crew crossed the Atlantic the Kon-Tiki Museum show what impact Heyerdahl had on the work against pollution at sea.

Sea film where he talks about the pollution in the Atlantic. The film is a short version of a film which will be shown in the exhibition.

A small book about Thor Heyerdahl and his work against pollution is sold in the shop. Price NOK 25,- Olav Heyerdahl, the grand son of Thor Heyerdahl is taking part in The Plastiki expedition. Focus on pollution at sea in the wake of Kon-Tiki. The Plastiki is allso part of the exhibition. Reed more.

This letter was sent by Thor Heyerdahl to the UN. Read the letter.

The Tiki Pop Culture exhibition


Thor Heyerdahl world famous Kon-Tiki expeditions, which attempted to show that people had used the world's oceans as important means of communication as early as many thousands of years ago, thrilled an entire world and irritated many researchers.

The Kon-Tiki expedition is probably the best known of these in the four corners of the world. The book about the expedition has been translated into more than 70 languages over the years, thanks in large part to the film of the expedition winning an Oscar in 1951.

A less discussed result of the Kon-Tiki expedition was the so-called Tiki trend or Tiki Pop Culture.

The Tiki trend took off when American soldiers arrived home from the Pacific Ocean and brought with them souvenirs and tastes from Hawaii and other islands in the region. Tiki bars serving drinks that used pineapple and rum as the main ingredients were especially popular, as were Tiki restaurants that served food and had interiors inspired by the southern ocean.

The Kon-Tiki expedition and the popularity the book and film attained helped to spread the Tiki phenomenon in America and to other countries.

When Heyerdahl later visited Easter Island his film and book, Aku-Aku, helped to revitalise this subculture. This also spread to No

rway where for many years the Kon-Tiki restaurant in Sjølyst, Oslo presented this culture and where in more recent times the Aku Aku bar in Grünerløkka, Oslo has picked up the baton from the 1940s and 1960s and run with it.

The Tiki Pop Culure exhibition at the Kon-Tiki Museum shows how this phenomenon arose and spread around the world

The Tiki Pop Culture - see film about The phenomen and about the exhibition

Jan Vardøen at Aku Aku Tiki bar tells the story about The Tiki Pop Culture. Background Music by Beat Tornados who played live at The Kon-Tiki Museum in april 2009.

Film and photo from The Kon-tiki Museum, including color film from The Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947. Allso film from probably the most identic Tiki bar in Norway - The Aku Aku Tiki bar in Oslo.

The famous under water phographer Noam Kortler had his exhibition "Treasures of the Sea" at The Kon-Tiki Museum in February 2009. More about the exhibit here

Under water paintings by artist Geir Børresen

Painting under water
The Kon-Tiki Museum from 30. november 2008 - 31.01.2009. Artist Geir Børresen make paintings in water and above the surface.
The paintins that will be exhibited at The Kon-Tiki Museum this winter, is for sale


A dream since I began diving in 1961, the same time as I started at the National College of Art and Design (SHK). My dream was renewed when I spent three summers at Kalmar Läns Museum excavating a sunken ship, “Kronan”, off Öland off the southeast coast of Sweden. Marine archaeology.

Among the things we had to be able to do on the seabed 27 metres down was draw. These were black and white pencil drawings.

I then understood that I simply had to add colour to the drawings. I wanted to paint underwater. Sitting on the seabed and drawing is a wonderful feeling.

Thus began the experiments in Eilat in the Red Sea. Fantastically coloured fish. Coral. Bright. Warm.
Had to weld special frames. Sew canvases into the frames. Oil paint pressed into film boxes. It worked! Naïve, quick strokes were painted on the canvas with palette knives and nails while the fish swam inquisitively around us.
I now paint above water using the same technique. With acryl. I’m continuing to experiment. I have also tried brushes - Geir Børresen 31.11.08


under water”


A great love for water, at sea

Have previously experimented with humour underwater.

Has seriousness caught up with me? No I still play under and above water.

Painting paintings at a depth of 20 metres? Deep Water Painting. Shallow Water Painting.

Geir Børresen 30.11.08

See short movie about the exhibition - click here