Oceania

Masterpieces from the collection of the musée du quai Branly — Jacques Chirac

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A huge network of islands nestling peacefully in the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, Oceania remains the most elusive of continents. Some of these islands are vast territories, others are archipelagos or fragile atolls. If artistic expressions in Oceania come in a great variety of forms and materials, they reveal above all the links that unite peoples to their environment, their way of life, and their beliefs.

The exhibition comprises two main parts. One showcases the arts of Melanesia, from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands, the archipelago of Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The other is dedicated to the arts of Polynesia and Micronesia, exploring themes common to these many islands.

  • Exhibition curator : Mrs Constance de Monbrison, Head of the Insulindia collections at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
  • Number of works : 200
  • Surface area required : 800 - 1200 m²
  • Catalogue of the exhibition available in English and French
View of Oceania collection at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
(c) musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Cyril Zannettacci

Exhibition Views

  • Pendentif Karahut
  • Figure double, Kopar

Karahut Pendant, Collection MQB

© musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Claude Germain