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From the North Pole to the Equator – The Duke of the Abruzzi’s Exploration Voyages 28 April – 28 May 2018

April 17, 2018

The Embassy of Italy in Uganda, with the participation of the Ministry of Tourism,
Wildlife and Antiquities, organizes a photo-exhibition at Makerere Art Gallery on the
expeditions of Luigi Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta, Duke of the Abruzzi, a passionate
mountaineer and explorer of his time. He climbed the highest peaks of the “Mountains
of the moon”, the Rwenzori range, in 1906 marking the beginning of friendship between
Italy and Uganda. It will be the occasion to celebrate over a century of bi-lateral
relationship and a historical journey which combines research, exploration, tourism,
environment and cultural relations.

The Duke of the Abruzzi travelled to Uganda primarily to study the topography of
Rwenzori Mountains, but was profoundly attracted also by its geology, flora and fauna.
This expedition, documented by a detailed photographic report, consisted of 300
participants including photographer and fellow mountaineer Vittorio Sella, the
documenter who was developing the photos in a tent that worked as a dark room in the
mountains. Through Vittorio Sella’s pictures, the Duke of the Abruzzi offers a unique
view on authentic scenes of the Rwenzori range and Ugandan life as they were over a
hundred years ago.

The photo-exhibition shall be also the opportunity for discovering other extraordinary
adventures of Luigi Amedeo around the world: USA, Canada, North Pole, Pakistan
and Somalia. In 1897 he was the first on the top of Mount Saint Elias, located at the
border between USA and Canada, while in 1900 – during a two years expedition – he
almost reached the North Pole. After the exploration of the Rwenzori Range, in 1909 he
attempted the K2 mountain (Karakorum/Pakistan), where – even though the peak
remained unscaled – the Duke marked the highest altitude ever achieved by a man.
Finally, between 1928 and 1929 he explored the Wabi-Webi Shebeli River in Somalia.

This exhibition is curated by Independent curator Robinah Nansubuga.


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