Pa­cific art on show in Lon­don

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than 200 his­toric ob­jects from the South Pa­cific are part of a ma­jor Oceanic art ex­hi­bi­tion that is show­ing in Lon­don un­til De­cem­ber be­fore mov­ing to Paris in March.

The ex­hi­bi­tion marks the 250th an­niver­sary year of the Royal Acad­emy of Arts, which was founded in 1768, the same year that James Cook set out to track the tran­sit of Venus and search for  Terra Aus­tralis Incog­nita the un­known south­ern con­ti­nent – as Eu­ro­peans called it.

Adrian Locke, a se­nior cu­ra­tor at the Royal Acad­emy, says it is the first time some of the ob­jects have been on pub­lic dis­play. It is also the UK’s first ma­jor show ex­plor­ing Oceanic art.

Ex­hi­bi­tion items come from Pa­pua New Guinea, the Solomon Is­lands, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, and across Me­lane­sia, Poly­ne­sia and Mi­crone­sia. As well as or­na­ments, huge canoes and stun­ning god im­ages, there are draw­ings by the Poly­ne­sian nav­i­ga­tor Tu­paia, who trav­elled on Cook’s ship En­deav­our.

En­try is free for Pa­pua New Guinean pass­port hold­ers. ■

See royalacademy.org.uk/ex­hi­bi­tion/oceania.

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