Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, celebrate the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary at the Royal Academy of Arts today.
Children and families who enjoyed Disney’s Pacific island dwelling Moana, will love the Royal Academy’s 2018 Oceania exhibition – the UK’s first major show exploring Oceanic art, featuring 250 objects, including canoes, god figures and feast bowls from the South Pacific
Oceania marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, founded in 1768, the same year Captain James Cook set off to discover this part of the world. It provides a rare opportunity to be immersed in the art and culture of an area that represents nearly a third of the world’s surface, a region rich in history, ritual and ceremony.
Children can sing along to Moana as a family at the RA’s film screening on 26 October (£10 adults/ £5 children, booking opens 10 September), led by favourite characters from the film, in collaboration with dance troupe Beats Of Polynesia.
Oceania continues the RA’s tradition of hosting outstanding exhibitions exploring world cultures, which have included Africa: The Art of a Continent (1995), Aztecs (2002), Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years (2005), China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795 (2005) Byzantium 330-1453 (2008) and Bronze (2012).
Oceania has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, with the participation of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.
Please note: entry is free for New Zealand and Pacific Island passport holders. Show passport at exhibition entrance. No need to book in advance. There may be a short wait at busy times.
Image source: Royal Academy of Arts, Oceania Exhibition – Decorated beam, mid-nineteenth century (detail) Uki, southeast Solomon Islands, Wood, paint, shell, length 466cm, Maidstone Museum, 1271; photo: Roy Fox).