Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

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12th March - 7th July 2019

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Océanie - “Oceania”
Wenena gerua, ornement de cimier © Collection Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen

Océanie - “Oceania”

A journey through the Pacific, encountering island cultures and populations of Oceania. From Papua New Guinea to Easter Island, from Hawaii to New Zealand, close to 200 artworks creating a panorama of a continent’s art, sharing traditions and confronting challenges of the future. This is the first exhibition in 35 years to present Oceanic cultures as a whole. Two hundred years after James Cook’s first trip to the Pacific, Oceania honours the artistic creations from the continent and its 25,000 islands.


Dr Peter Brunt (University of Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand)

Pr Nicholas Thomas (Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Cambridge, UK)

with Dr Adrian Locke, curator of exhibitions at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK)

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