Reimagining Captain Cook

Address:
British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London
Tel:
0207 323 8000

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
29th November 2018 to 4th August 2019
10 AM to 5.30 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 8.30 PM (Fri)
Tickets & Cost:
Free. See britishmuseum.org

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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.

 

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