Black and white art from the Solomon Islands

L'éclat des Ombres : l’Art en noir et blanc des Îles Salomon

37 Quai Branly, Paris, 75007
Admission: EUR 9 (entry to Quai Branly Museum, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 01/02/2015
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1100 - 1900
Wednesday: 1100 - 1900
Thursday: 1100 - 2100
Friday: 1100 - 2100
Saturday: 1100 - 2100
Sunday: 1100 - 1900
Closed on 25th December and 1st of May.
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Composed of 12 principal islands (among 900 in total), the Solomon archipelago's groups demonstrate a wide variety of cultural trends. From these islands, we know the emblematic works such as war canoe figureheads, reliquaries, feather coins and weapons.

When regarding the traditional artefacts of the islands, even the uninitiated visitor perceives the visual effects of the polished shells transformed into personal ornaments and coins, the contrasts between the bright surface of the mother-of-pearl, the shiny surface of the coral and the dark wood covered in resin or charcoal which are a stylistic characteristic shared by the whole Solomon archipelago.

This play of visual contrasts refers to a large number of cultural references and constitutes the guiding thread that runs through the exhibition. Examining the western and eastern provinces and the Polynesian enclaves in the archipelago, the exhibition thus presents the way in which the technical and visual characteristics of the objects depict the relationships between humans and between humans and supernatural beings.

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