Offering a journey into the soul of the Pacific, Oceania brings together iconic works of art by MÄori, Pacific and PÄkehÄ artists from recent decades alongside textiles and carvings from earlier times.
The exhibition encompasses visions of earthly paradise as well as the darker realities of colonial history and nuclear testing. In paintings, photographs, carvings, jewellery, and sculpture, visitors will encounter ancestors and gods as well as contemporary peoples.
Oceania asserts the significance of the Pacific, not only as a place of great navigators and explorers, but also of imaginative artists. It offers an unprecedented view of the many ways in which Oceanic Artâ€“one of the great traditions in world artâ€“has been revisited and revitalised by recent generations of artists.
6 August â€“ 6 November
Includes work by Sofia Tekela-Smith, Niki Hastings-McFall, Shigeyuki Kihara, Greg Semu, John Pule, Edith Amituanai, Ani Oâ€™Neill, Chris Charteris
Te Papa and the City Gallery, Wellington
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