It's been 250 years since Captain Cook set off on the first of his three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean. He visited many new places along the way, and his accounts of his voyages were widely read throughout society.
But today his legacy is somewhat tarnished. This exhibition will explore some of the contemporary artworks that modern-day Islanders have created, recording the sometimes difficult encounters that occurred with his crew. They will be shown alongside some of the original objects that were collected on the voyages, such as the imposing Tahitian costume worn at ceremonies to mark the death of a chief.
Highlights include Michel Tuffery's powerful painting Cookie in the Cook Islands, and Lisa Reihana's Taking Possession, which shows the captain about to hoist the British flag on a Polynesian island.
> Craig’s review of British Museum – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of artist's postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Rembrandt — Thinking On Paper – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Master's death
British Museum — Lost Kingdoms Sleepover – 16, 17 Mar, 13 and 14 Apr 2019 – Treat your kids to a sleepover at the British Museum where they'll learn about lost kingdoms in Africa, Asia and South America
Edvard Munch — Love And Angst – 11 Apr to 21 Jul 2019 – The British Museum will be putting on the largest exhibition of Edvard Munch's prints in the UK for nearly half-a-century
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Renewal — Life After The First World War – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I.
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy British Museum then you might like to visit Petrie Museum (you can walk it 10 mins), Sir John Soane’s Museum (you can walk it in 7 mins), Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the train from Tottenham Court Road to South Kensington) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Tottenham Court Road to Bond Street)
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