This autumn be transported to the shores of Polynesia, scattered archipelagos of Micronesia and the islands of Melanesia as Oceania arrives at the RA.
The UK’s first major survey of art and culture from a region rich in history, ritual and ceremony, Oceania features over 200 exceptional works - many of which are on display for the first time - and spans over 500 years with some of the earliest representations of art from the region, including the 14th century Kaitaia carving.
Alongside intricate items and rare historical objects such as ceremonial feast bowls, star charts, gifts laced with intricate feather work, shells and delicate carvings will be contemporary works by Oceanic artists, such as Lisa Reihana’s vast panoramic video In Pursuit of Venus [Infected], 2015-17.
Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, Oceania will be a celebration of the dazzling and diverse art of the region, from the historic to the contemporary.
Oceania has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, with the participation of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.
Image credit: Ancestral figure of the head of a ‘Korwar family’, Before 1930. Wood, cloth, 71 x 70 x 20 cm approx. Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.TM-573-36
Principal partner: New Zealand
Supporting partner: The Kingdom of Tonga
Supporting partner: Papua New Guinea
Supported by Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa
Visitors will not be readmitted
Photography is not permitted in the gallery
All mobile phones must be switched off
All areas of the buildings are accessible, Except Gallery 6 on the Mezzanine Level in Burlington Gardens.
There are accessible toilets available on the ground floor of Burlington House and Burlington Gardens. There is also an accessible toilet on the lower ground floor of Burlington House, next to the Dining Room in the Keeper’s House.
Portable folding stools are available for use in the galleries and can be collected on your way into the exhibition
Please exchange your voucher at the entrance point to the Royal Academy.
Under 16’s go FREE
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