L’Éclat des ombres
Black-and-white art from the Solomon Islands
from tuesday 18 november 2014 to sunday 1 february 2015
- East Mezzanine
- Collections ticket or twin ticket
- Magali Mélandri, Head of the Oceania collections at the musée du quai Branly.
- Sandra Revolon, ethnologist, Université Aix-Marseille – CREDO
About the exhibition
Composed of 12 principal islands (among 900 in total), the Solomon archipelago's groups demonstrate a wide variety of cultural trends. From these islands, we know the emblematic works such as war canoe figureheads, reliquaries, feather coins and weapons.
When regarding the traditional artefacts of the islands, even the uninitiated visitor perceives the visual effects of the polished shells transformed into personal ornaments and coins, the contrasts between the bright surface of the mother-of-pearl, the shiny surface of the coral and the dark wood covered in resin or charcoal which are a stylistic characteristic shared by the whole Solomon archipelago.
This play of visual contrasts refers to a large number of cultural references and constitutes the guiding thread that runs through the exhibition. Examining the western and eastern provinces and the Polynesian enclaves in the archipelago, the exhibition thus presents the way in which the technical and visual characteristics of the objects depict the relationships between humans and between humans and supernatural beings.