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 Wataters, 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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Great to read Stéphane that you have been successful in getting these works to the exhibition. Collette Barton, Canberra
16th May 2016
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
12th May 2016
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
28th March 2016
congrats to Stephane and Suzanne
Well done on getting this wonderful exhibition to Monaco in face of many difficulties
Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney
16th March 2016
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