the Aristocrat and his Cannibals

Count Festetics de Tolna’s Voyage to Oceania (1893 – 1896)

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October 23 2007- January 13th 2008

Curator: Roger Boulay, Head of Oceanian Collections with Direction des Musées de France, assisted by Judit Antoni, archeologist and anthropologist.

‘The Aristocrat and his Cannibals’ exhibition retraces twelve stages of the story of the Hungarian count, Festetics de Tolna. Designed as a journalistic chronicle of his journey, the exhibition highlights some of the most significant aspects of an imaginary, ideological, ethnographic and historic context of the Pacific at the end of the 19th century. The navigational chart is visible throughout the visit and it constitutes the central theme, thus enabling the visitor to place the events, meetings and characters with whom his journey was punctuated.

There is a special educational tour of this exhibition for children, which has all the allure of a treasure hunt!


Photographs from historic funds concerning the voyage of Count Rudolf Festetics de Tolna.
© Quai Branly Museum, photo Rudolf Festetics de Tolna