Oceania Hardback Catalogue

This hardback book, accompanying the Royal Academy's extraordinary Oceania exhibition, showcases the dazzling beauty and craftsmanship of Oceanic art, telling the story of the many voyages that have shaped the region's history and cultures.

This product will be available for delivery on 24/09/2018

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No. of Pages 352
No. of Illustrations 300
Dimensions 30 x 24.5cm
Fabric & material Hardback
SKU 02088106

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Encompassing thousands of islands from the remote shores of Rapa Nui to the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea, Oceania is one of the world's most extraordinary and diverse regions. 

This book, accompanying the spectacular exhibition at the Royal Academy opening this September, showcases Oceanic art and the subsequent migrations of people, cultures and objects from the Pacific around the world, from the unrivalled navigational feats of the first settlers who traversed the open ocean in wooden canoes to the explorations of Captain Cook 250 years ago.

Bringing together the most up-to-date scholarship by experts in the field, alongside traditional artworks this book presents Oceania through the eyes of its own people - artists, poets and photographers - who explore the legacy of the past and the future of a world and way of life threatened by a changing climate.

Featuring over 300 colour illustrations, and text from Peter Brunt, Senior Leturer at Victoria University of Wellington; Nicholas Thomas, Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,Cambridge; Noelle Kahanu, Assistant Specialist in Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian Programmes at the Universty of Hawai'i at Mānoa; Emmanuel Kasarhérou, Curator at the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris; Sean Mallon, Senior Curator of Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Michael Mel, performance artist and Associate Professor in Indigenous Art and Education at the University of Goroka and Dame Anne Salmond DBE, Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland.