This exhibition is the largest ever held on Kanak culture and brings together more than 300 exceptional works and documents from public European collections (Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy) and New Caledonia.
About the exhibition
The exhibition will feature many previously unseen and spectacular pieces, great traditional works from the world of Kanak art: wooden carvings from the Grand Huts, jade ceremonial axes, pole sculptures and a diverse selection of statuettes and ornaments.
The exhibition is organised on the basis of two major principles:
the Kanak speak of themselves
It is the Kanak themselves who show the visitor how to understand their world and their vision. They speak of the essential elements of their culture in the first person, integrating them into history and distinguishing between the timeless and the factual. the exhibition is thus structured into cultural categories derived from the Kanak world.
An exchange of Kanak and European views
The exhibition attempts to reconcile two points of view: that of the Kanak looking at these visitors from another world and that of the European sailor, colonist or missionary looking at the Kanak way of life and its language. Through the objects and documents presented, the exhibition fosters a dialogue between the rich immaterial heritage of the Kanak world and the works conserved in Western museums - which today are the guardians of a large part of the Kanak material heritage.
- Emmanuel Kasarhérou, Head of the Overseas Section at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Chief Heritage Curator and former Director of the ADCK and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia
- Roger Boulay, ethnologist and specialist in Kanak heritage
- Place: Galerie Jardin
From Monday 14 October 2013 at Sunday 26 January 2014
Closed on mondayTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am-07:00 pmThursday: 10:30 am-10:00 pm
- Handicap visuel
- Handicap mental
- Handicap moteur
- Public: All publics
- Categorie : Exhibitions