TABA NABA - Australia, Oceania, Arts by peoples of the sea

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Aboriginal and Oceanic art will be showcased at Taba Naba, a major exhibition on the theme of oceans and water, taking place at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and one of the highlights of the summer season in the Principality. The theme will be approached from varying perspectives thanks to the participation of many artists. 

From 24 March to 30 September 2016

There are three complementary sections, developed with three prominent partners from this unique art form.

Australia: Defending the Oceans at the Heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art
by Stéphane Jacob

The first section will be dedicated to the creation and presentation of six monumental installations created by fifty leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, who, through their works, raise a cry of alarm against the pollution of the oceans. Far from taking a dark approach to these environmental issues, the artists address them with humour and subtlety. This first chapter has been designed as a fairy tale. These works of monumental size, exhibited both inside and outside the museum, will give visitors the sensation of being transported into Alice’s Underwater Wonderland.

Living Waters, the Sordello & Missana Collection
by Erica Izett

Living Waters presents a selection of contemporary Aboriginal paintings from the Sordello & Missana Collection as well as works of Australian artists invited to illustrate the intercultural themes of the exhibition and their relationship to water. In addition, one of the highlights of the exhibition, a video and photographic installation by a collective of young and famous Aboriginal artists poses questions of the sacred and profane and opens a window onto new contemporary art practices.
Paintings from the private collection of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco are also exhibited

Oceania islanders: past masters in sea navigatation and artistic expression
by Didier Zanette

Bringing the Pacific Islander vision together with those of Australian Aborigines, displaying similarities as well as differences, such is the purpose of this voyage across these works of past and present. Didier Zanette will focus on the cultural relationships that Pacific peoples have with the sea, through a presentation of traditional navigational objects, objects of prestige from the Solomon Islands, a series of Papuan portraits and a set of large-scale Baining marine animal representations.

Where does the name Taba Naba come from?
Taba Naba is a traditional indigenous children's song from the Torres Strait, a group of islands located near the northern coast of Australia. It is accompanied by a sitting dance that singers perform with gestures throughout the song. The original version of the song is in the Meriam language. It evokes the pleasures of fishing on the reefs.
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  • Congrats to Marc Sordello and Francis Missana I really appreciated the paintings and photographs of the Collectionners Marc Sordello and Francis Missana which made me see an aspect of aboriginal culture I did not know.
    Tuesday 12th July 2016 at 09:26
  • Thanks to the Sordello - Missana collection Congratulations to the Sordello Missana exhibition with Erika Izett. With a low budget they succeed to present a very interesting exhibition, with a real scientific approach. I am impressed that one exhibition received 1,5 million for a very expensive marketing show-off and the promotion at the end of their private galleries. We would expect a better partnership.
    Wednesday 22th June 2016 at 22:12
  • Réflexion L L'art une façon qui permet de retracer nos origines! Merci à vous tous
    Tuesday 31th May 2016 at 13:35
  • D'une rive à l'autre, aux antipodes des peuples artistes !... Stephane JACOB : une perception exceptionnelle d'un peuple et de son art... Dans un écrin sublime (du musée océanographique de MONAC0) la rencontre d'un homme d'un talent rare et d'une vraie connaissance de ces peuples oubliés de notre histoire à tous, et si souvent maltraité !.. Avec toute mon admiration; jean pierre Cornu NantipodeS* Aix-en-provence -mai 2016.
    Thursday 26th May 2016 at 16:59
  • Congratulations Great to read Stéphane that you have been successful in getting these works to the exhibition. Collette Barton, Canberra
    Monday 16th May 2016 at 01:37
  • Bravo sur l'eau Une magnifique exposition dans un cadre historique ou l'atmosphère d'un passé muséal s'articule avec la civilisation de "l'eau vivante". a voir absolument. Merci
    Thursday 12th May 2016 at 19:22
  • An explosion of colour and design Congratulations to Suzanne and Stephane for supporting indigenous artists and showcasing their extraordinary creativity. The work is accessible without further interpretation because it is imbued with spirituality and inspired by lives lived in harmony with the natural world. Robyn Kremer Mittagong New South Wales
    Monday 28th March 2016 at 00:19
  • congrats to Stephane and Suzanne Well done on getting this wonderful exhibition to Monaco in face of many difficulties Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney
    Wednesday 16th March 2016 at 10:53
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