Friday, April 06, 2007

New Exhibitions at Musée du quai Branly

Now on show at Musée du quai Branly:

"New Ireland: Arts of the South Pacific"
April 2 - July 8, 2007

The exhibition is devoted to the rich artistic expression of New Ireland, a Pacific island situated to the northeast of Papua New Guinea, largely ignored apart from its malangan artefacts. Composed of 32 different linguistic groups, the island accommodates a wide diversity of ritual practices and artistic expressions connected to funeral ceremonies.

For more details on this exhibition, click here [].

"Garden of Love": installation by Yinka Shonibare
April 2 - July 8, 2007

Created for the Musée du quai Branly by Yinka Shonibare, a London artist of Nigerian origin, "Garden of Love" takes its inspiration from French-style gardens, and invites the public to undertake a journey filled with surprises. In the "garden," amidst foliage, fountains and groves, visitors come upon a strange ballet of love … Yinka Shonibare reflects here upon identity and history, at the meeting of the two cultures to which he belongs.

For more details on this installation, click here [].

{Photos and text from the museum's website and press catalogs.}

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