Oceania. This part of the world that fascinates, that makes many people dream of beautiful landscapes, or that allows them to see new lifestyles, styles of thought, visions of life.
Oceania, here is the name of the exhibition. This exhibition at the Quai Branly will allow you to travel in the Pacific Ocean, from New Guinea to Easter Island, via Hawaii to New Zealand.
A beautiful exploration to discover the culture, habits and peoples of these regions of this part of the world. Through 200 works, the exhibition will showcase some parts of the continent, a continent that will open its doors to you, through its beauty and artistic technicality.
Transmitting the traditional side of these peoples, while including the many contemporary challenges they face, no exhibition has ever represented Oceania, as well as its cultures, so well in its entirety.
To speak in a little more detail about the exhibition, it pays tribute to the works and artistic creations of the vast continent of 25,000 islands that is Oceania. Two hundred and fifty years after James Cook's first trip to the Pacific, nearly one hundred and seventy works from both private and public collections will present sumptuous masterpieces that have never been considered as such in the past by the general public.
Tracing the entire history of the continent, the exhibition, and art in general, will make it possible to enhance and restore respect for identities and traditions that have not been respected by trade, or during the processes of colonization or evangelization. Even if artists from different islands and territories have managed to preserve their own characteristics, the works nevertheless have universal challenges.
This is why, using precious stones, the meticulous know-how of canoe sculpture or contemporary installations, the exhibition is part of a movement combining know-how and ancestral traditions, with a striking modernity and a hindsight that artists have on their society, and the rest of the world.
An exhibition that was made possible thanks to the contribution of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris, and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris, France