Impact Exhibition

You will find below some of the most beautiful exhibitions in which to participate the brand of Alain Carion.



In 1992, together with Mr Mathieu, the curator at the time, we were the sole instigators of the commemoration of the five hundredth anniversary of the fall of the Ensisheim meteorite, which fell on 16 November 1492. I had exhibited A part of my personal collection in the Regency Palace, where what remains of the original stone is still on display. After the fall of this meteorite, Maximilian of Austria came in person to observe it and take some samples for himself and his cousin. During the French Revolution, it was removed from the church where it was kept and then confiscated as national property. It was then taken to Colmar where, once again, several samples were taken. On its return to the town of Ensisheim, it was first exhibited in the town hall and then finally in the Regency Palace.

At the Ecole des Mines in Paris

Thanks to Lydie Touret, the curator of the Museum of Mineralogy at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, I have exhibited my entire collection in four square glass cases in the Murat Room in the centre of the Museum..

1994/ 2004/2009 : Jussieu

Thanks to Pierre Bariand, then to Jean-Claude Boulliard, his successor, the curators of the Museum of Mineralogy of the Faculty of Sciences of Jussieu in Paris, we have realised several exhibitions on meteorites and impactism. 

2012: Saint Sebastian on the Loire exhibition

In October 2012, I exhibited A part of my personal collection of meteorites at the mineral fair in St Sébastien sur Loire, in the suburbs of Nantes, for a prestigious exhibition. When I was leaving after repacking on Sunday evening around 9pm, I was victim of a "car-jacking" 100 meters from the exhibition hall, my car was stolen. It was burnt shortly afterwards and found by the police. 

I was able to recover some items, some meteorites had been taken out of the car before it was burnt. The criminals were looking for gold, as they had mistaken my car for that of an exhibitor who was displaying gold and silver jewellery. In this adventure I lost some irreplaceable items, including a page from the Nuremberg chronicle of 1493 relating the fall of the Ensisheim meteorite. I also lost the sawing of a slice of a coniferous tree which had suffered the explosion of the Tunguska in Siberia, this slice on which the university of Bologna had found and noted the growth ring of 1908 rich in iridium, which proves that this event is indeed linked to the impact of an extraterrestrial object on our Earth, undoubtedly a comet having exploded at high altitude. 

Finally, the fragment of the Draveil meteorite, which fell on 12 July 2011 in the Paris region and donated by Mrs. Comette, on whose roof a fragment had ended its space race.

2011/2012 : Lausanne

With the complicity of Nicolas Meisser, curator of the Museum of Mineralogy located in the Palais de la Rumine in Lausanne, Switzerland, I presented part of my personal collection from June 2011 to January 2012.

2015/2016 : Planetariums : Ludiver & Le Plus

Exhibition in the planetariums of "Ludiver" in La Hague and "Le Plus" in Dunkerque. 

In these two planetariums I exhibited a part of my personal collection, in fact more than 30 different meteorites. Among the main pieces were a 95kg Gibeon meteorite to be touched without moderation, a 10cm plate of the lunar meteorite DAG 400, an anorthosis breccia characteristic of lunar regolith and a 500g stone from Chelyabinsk, the famous Russian fall of 15 February 2013.  I also proposed an observation game with 15 fake meteorites-wrongs and two authentic ones. To see but not to touch. 

Also a "Touch Space" board, the dream of every astronomy fan! Where you can actually touch a piece of the Moon, a piece of Mars and a piece of the Allende meteorite with the famous white inclusions (CAI's), the oldest solid objects on the surface of the Earth, formed at the very beginning of the birth of our solar system 4.57 billion years ago. 

2O17/2019 : Impacts , Meteorites and Shockstones 

 In parallel of the exhibition: "Meteorites between Heaven and Earth" of the Museum of Natural History of Paris I exposed a part of my collection of meteorites, tektites and impactites within the framework of the fantastic collection of minerals Sorbonne-University located in the faculty of Jussieu in Paris (75005), the title of this exhibition: "Impacts, Meteorites and Stones of shocks". 

Impacts are the most important phenomenon in the entire solar system, and even in the entire universe, since impact craters can be seen on all planetary bodies. It is even the basis for the formation of planets.

2017/2019 : Meteorites between Heaven and Earth

This exhibition was held from 18 October 2017 to 06 January 2019

Under the Grande Galerie de l'évolution at the MNHN in Paris. 

There were more than three hundred and fifty specimens along the route interspersed with films and contemporary artworks. I had about ten specimens on display including two exceptional meteorites Gibeon of 95kg, Allende of 5500g., Murchison 590g.