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Oceania

Royal Academy of Arts London

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This ambitious exhibition will celebrate the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, encompassing the vast Pacific region from New Guinea to Easter Island, Hawaii to New Zealand. ‘Oceania’ will bring together around 200 works spanning more than 500 years, organised around three main themes: life on the water, the settlement of communities, and trade and exchange in Pacific cultures.

The exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the RA, founded in 1768, the same year Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition to the Pacific on the Endeavour. Find out more about the ‘Oceania’ exhibition from the Royal Academy of Arts’ website.

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Ahu ula (feather cloak) belonging to Liholoho, Kamehameha II., early 19th century. Courtesy of University of Cambridge

Ahu ula (feather cloak) belonging to Liholoho, Kamehameha II (early 19th century). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

Tooi [Tuai], Drawing of Korokoro's moko, 1818. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries

Drawing of Korokoro’s moko (1818), Tooi [Tuai]. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries

Female tattooed figure, 18th or early 19th century, Aitutaki, Cook Islands. © Five Continents Museum, Munich; photo: Marianne Franke

Female tattooed figure (18th or early 19th century), Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Photo: Marianne Franke; © Five Continents Museum, Munich 

Feather god image (akua hulu manu), late 18th century, Hawaiian Islands. Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum

Feather god image (akua hulu manu) (late 18th century), Hawaiian Islands. Photo: © The Trustees of the British Museum

Canoe prow figure nguzunguzu, Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia Archipelago, Solomon Islands. Museum der Kulturen Basel; photo: Derek Li Wan Po

Canoe prow figure nguzunguzu, Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia Archipelago, Solomon Islands. Museum der Kulturen Basel. Photo: Derek Li Wan Po

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