Gods, Ghosts & Men: Pacific arts from the National Gallery of Australia

Gods, Ghosts & Men
10 October, 2008 – 11 January 2009
Pacific arts from the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Gods, Ghosts & Men draws exclusively on the National Gallery’s little known collection of traditional Pacific sculpture. The Pacific arts collection was initiated in 1968 with field collecting activities by Sir William Dargie in Papua New Guinea and in 1970 by Jean-Michel Charpentier in Vanuatu.

Many other works have been acquired through secondary sources during the 1970s and 1980s including the Max Ernst collection which features numerous spirit boards from the Papuan Gulf.

Gods, Ghosts & Men exhibits some of the physical forms the ancestors and spirits could take. It is the first temporary exhibition in Australia for nearly twenty years on this scale and it is the first survey of the National Gallery’s Pacific arts collection. A collection known only by a handful of iconic works such as the 3500 year old echidna-like Ambum stone and the graceful double-figured house post from West Papua’s Lake Sentani. Through Gods, Ghosts & Men over 70 works from the Pacific never seen before by the Australian public can, after many years, now take their place in the sun.

Proudly supported by the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund.

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