The Oceania exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly celebrates the 250th anniversary of the first travel of James Cook in the Pacific. From March 12 to July 7, 2019, we discover 200 items and works of all time, a minuscule sample compared with the art production in the 25,000 islands in Oceania since the Antiquity!
The exhibition starts with a presentation of the archipelagos and the presentation of two wonderful pirogues vital for exchanges. If Australia and New Zealand include 70% of the population of Oceania on their own, populations in New Caledonia, Tahiti, Hawaii, Fiji, Guam Island, Papua New Guinea and even the Cook island (17,000 inhabitants) are the guardians of the traditions and strong art identities.
The Musée du Quai Branly presents 500 years of tradition common to the archipelagos, a tradition marked by religious rites and those related to nature. Thanks to thoroughly sculpted dugouts, jade ornaments, ritual figures, games and contemporary installations, the Oceania exhibition tells how tradition and ancestral memory still coexist.
Yes, despite opening trade, colonization or even forced evangelization, each archipelago in Oceania managed to keep its characteristics even though populations share universal questions and thoughts.
The exhibitions ends with an eleven-meter high installation created by the Maori artist collective 3 "Kiko Moana". Of a powerful blue, this fabric made of plastic barks alludes to plastic maste destroying Oceania, an alarm signal that is wise to remind everyone.
We are lucky to discover this Oceania exhibition at Paris Musée du Quai Branly since it's been 35 years that no exhibition promoted how important Oceanian cultures are in the world.
This exhibition really makes us want to travel and discover the cultures of the people in Oceania, to be visited asap!
From 12 March 2019 to 7 July 2019
Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac
75007 Paris 7
Métro ligne 9 station "Iéna", RER C station "Pont de l'Alma"
tarif réduit: 9 €
tarif plein: 12 €
horaires : 11h-19h mardi, mercredi et dimanche, 11h-21h jeudi, vendredi et samedi
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Group booking (+5 people)