"Kanak, l'Art est une Parole" at Quai Branly Museum
This exhibition is the largest ever held on Kanak culture, bringing together more than 300 exceptional works and documents from public collections in Europe (Austria, Switzerland, France,Germany and Italy) and New Caledonia in the 2000 m² Galerie Jardin.
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.
22 years after "De jade et de nacre” dedicated to Kanak culture and presented in Noumea and in Paris, the musée du quai Branly proposes an exhibition based on entirely original information and a corpus of objects not previously seen. It is also based on new data: museographical (acomplete inventory of the objects in the world's public collections), vernacular (the recording of immaterial Kanak culture which has been carriedout over the last 10 years) and resulting from anthropological and historical data.
The scientific inventory of the dispersed Kanak culture has enabled the discovery of important and unique objects, sometimes forgotten in museum reserves and which will be presented to the public for the first time.
The exhibition will be presented at the Centre culturel Tjibaou in Noumea, New Caledonia, from March 15 to June 15, 2014.