A SEA OF ISLANDS
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5 April 2021

A sea of islands - Masterpieces from Oceania

Ended | This exhibition was on display until 5 April 2021

Made up of thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean, Oceania covers more than a third of the Earth’s surface, extending from New Guinea to Easter Island, and from New Zealand to Hawaii. The ocean borders the islands, but it has also always been the thing that connects them. 

This exhibition focuses on the islanders’ connection with the water and their huge resourcefulness. It features objects of breathtaking beauty, from canoes several metres long and ingenious navigation tools to statues and jewellery.

It also includes contemporary art, with eye-catching pieces like the live-action video by Lisa Reihana and an installation by George Nuku.

Oceanië - Bottled ocean

Bottled Ocean 2120

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Oceanië - water
A sea of islands

Water

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hoofdtooi
A sea of islands

A sense of community

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Oceanië - herinneren
A sea of islands

Remembrance

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Quote

We sweat and cry salt water, so we know that the ocean is really in our blood. 

 

~ Teresia Teaiwa (1968-2017), I-Kiribati, African American scholar, poet ~
Oceanië - Ontmoetingen
A sea of islands

Encounters

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Meer oceanië

More Oceania at Museum Volkenkunde

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Voorjaarsvakantie

Families and children

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Colophon

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