• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi


The TITANIC Panorama is less about the actual disaster in 1912, and more about the way the destruction of the passenger ship represents the hubris of man, who has been deluding himself into believing he can conquer nature from the beginning of time.

Visitors find themselves some 3,800 m below the surface of the water. Diffuse, artistic lighting allows guests to explore the tragic extent of the disaster in a large-scale circular image. The two parts of the devastated wreck can be recognised, as well as many individual daily items, technical equipment and luggage strewn about. The atmospheric sounds composed by Eric Babak for the exhibition heighten the impressions of guests in the contemplative space.

Asisi uses the Panorama to stimulate a sense of fascination for the grand feat of engineering that gave way to the British liner, while also questioning our ability to ever truly overcome nature. The display of the destroyed wreckage in the depths of the Atlantic also reflects on the fleeting nature of human existence and accomplishments. Thousands of tons of steel corrode on the sea floor and the once splendid furnishings and technical equipment of the approx. 40,000 tonne passenger ship resemble an expanse of ruins being slowly reclaimed by nature.

ThemeThe Promise of Modernity
Quai de Boisguilbert
76 000 Rouen
Date of creation2017
Artist(s)Yadegar Asisi
Techniquedigital print
Type of art and media formpanorama
Presentation statuson display