Oceania — Captain Cook’s Voyage of Discovery

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John Madejski Fine Rooms tour: Usually 12 noon to 1 PM (Thu-Sat) – Temporary exhibition: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri); Last entry 30 mins before closing
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£20. See royalacademy.org.uk

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The Royal Academy of Arts will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific with an exhibition of Oceanic art.

In 1768 Captain Cook set sail on a voyage to discover Terra Australis Incognita, or Australia -- the unknown southern continent as Europeans called it. Along the way he met a huge number of island civilisations from Tahiti in Polynesia, to the scattered islands of Melanesia and Micronesia.

This spectacular new exhibition reveals some of the social and artistic traditions that the indigenous populations shared with the crew, bringing together around 200 works from a span of 500 years.

You'll see ornaments made from shells and stones, huge canoes and images of their gods, and also works by contemporary artists exploring their history, identity and the peril of climate change.

The Guardian★★★★★ – "In this exhibition you can feel the ocean roll under your canoe, hear sea birds and see dorsal fins" The Telegraph★★★★★ – "An ambitious, astonishing exhibition"

 

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