Only French language edition available via Mercatorfonds.

Encompassing artworks drawn from a region that covers a third of the world’s surface, from Polynesian atolls to the mountain rainforests of New Guinea, this book showcases the splendours of Oceania. Imposing statues, dazzling fabrics, remarkable ritual objects and intricate ornaments tell the story of the many voyages that have shaped Oceania’s long history and many cultures, from the Islander navigators who crossed the ocean thousands of years ago, through colonial encounters to the migrations of the present.

Bringing together the most recent scholarship and debate, great historic artworks and the contemporary perspectives of Islander artists and writers, this book reveals Oceania as it has been perceived from inside and out, from the voyages of Captain Cook to the challenges posed by globalisation and climate change.

Peter Brunt is of Samoan and English descent and is Senior Lecturer in Art History at Victoria University of Wellington. Nicholas Thomas is Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Noelle M. K. Y. Kahanu is a Native Hawaiian curator, artist, filmmaker and scholar who has worked for fifteen years at the Bishop Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Emmanuel Kasarhérou is Deputy Director of the Department of Heritage and Collections at musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris. Sean Mallon is of Samoan and Irish descent and is Senior Curator of Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Michael Mel is from the Mogei community in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea. He is Manager for Pacific and International Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Dame Anne Salmond DBE is Professor of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland.

Royal Academy of Arts, 29 September 2018-10 December 2018 / Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris, 12 March- 7 July 2019