On August 22 at 17:00 the International charity fund “Alexander Feldman Fund” opened the unique exhibition “Planet Ocean” in AVEC Gallery (Sumskaya Str., 70). It presents a variety of shells, prehistoric fossils and other sea wonders from the Museum of Private Collections “Feldman Family Museum”.
Among the "highlights" of the exhibition there are the legendary shells, a desire of every collection. Among them - the two subspecies of the famous Fulton cowrie (Cypraea fultoni), that are listed in Guinness World Records as the most expensive collector's clamshell.
The exhibition features around two thousand species of marine mollusks – this is only a part of the collection assembled by Alexander Feldman, considered to be one of the largest in Europe. A special pride of the collection are very rare and unique shells. Some of them are known to science only in a few copies. Particular place in the collection is hold by the largest of its copies - world record holders (World Record Size, WRS). The exhibition includes all 40 world champions, collected by Alexander Feldman. There are no so many “champions” in the best museums in the world! Next to the giants there are the smallest shells, which should be seen through a magnifying glass.
In addition to modern shells of mollusks, there are fossil species, especially ammonites and belemnites – cephalopods that dominated the Jurassic seas and extinct along with the dinosaurs. Among the rarities, there are teeth of Megalodon – a giant prehistoric shark, and fossilized remains of various marine creatures remarkably well preserved in ancient layers of sedimentary rock, and even a full skeleton of Psittacosaurus – a small horned dinosaur that lived in the Early Cretaceous period in what is now known as Asia.
A special section of the exhibition – the variety of items made of shells from the famous "shelly money" (Kauri) to Tibetan ritual pipes (dung-dkars). Next to them you will see the unusual works of Japanese miniature sculpture made of ivory, served for interior decoration (Okimono). They are so realistic that can hardly be distinguished from real sea shells.
Reference: Alexander Feldman sees his collection as one of the areas of educational activity. The tradition of the sea world exhibitions, started 10 years ago, aims at making the private collection open and to regularly introduce the new acquisitions to the public. The shells collection was displayed for the first time in 2001 in "Symphony of the Sea" exhibition in AVEC Gallery in Kharkiv, and it was visited by 72 thousand people. The exhibition "Born to the sea", held on the same site in 2008, has attracted 81.5 thousand visitors. The current exhibition will surpass the previous ones both in scope and in design.
The exhibition "Planet Ocean" runs from 10:00 to 22:00, seven days a week. Admission is free of charge.