Return on the extraordinary Maurice and Katia Krafft life.
Near twenty-five years after their death, Vulcania offers an exhibition in homage to Maurice and Katia Krafft, named “The volcano devils”, an extraordinary couple who devoted their lives to the study of volcanoes.
During a 25 years carreer, they saw more than 175 eruptions. By meeting those who live every day faced with the risk of an eruption, the Kraffts developed a strong commitment and devoted their lives to understanding more about grey volcanoes, the most destructive of all, a commitment that was to cost them their lives.
This legendary couple travelled the world, fascinated by the beauty and fury of volcanoes.
Through this exhibition, Vulcania provides an illustration of the struggle undertaken by the Kraffts in an effort to raise awareness of the urgent need for action to prevent volcanic catastrophes. They had one overriding ambition: to save lives.
At the end of the 20th century they stood out because of their strong characters, their way of life and their approach to volcanoes; they were consumed by the need to share their beliefs.
This urge to communicate, combined with their appetite for exploration and film & photography, allowed them to play a unique role in bringing scientific understanding to the wider public.
Always on the lookout for new and exciting images, the Kraffts bequeathed a unique legacy of unprecedented volcanic archives: 300,000 photographs, 300 hours of film, dozens of paintings and watercolours and many books. This independent couple, united by their passion for volcanology and fascinated by the beauty of its explosive phenomena, travelled wherever eruptions occurred on Earth.
On 3 June 1991 at 3:18 pm, they died in a pyroclastic flow on the slopes of Mount Unzen, located on the Japanese island of Kyushu.