Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific

On view September 12, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The largest and most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji ever assembled, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific explores the stunning art and complex cultural history of Fiji since the late 18th century to the present. Organized by the Sainsbury Center in Norwich, England, the exhibition includes a wide range of Fijian artworks, as well as paintings, drawings and photographs made by visiting Europeans. The artworks, among them exceptional objects from PEM’s collection, feature figural sculpture in wood and whale ivory, regalia, pottery, basketry, weapons, textiles, and ritual objects. Key themes explored are creative expression and adaptability, ritual life, and cultural exchange.

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This exhibition is organized by the Sainsbury Centre and Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia, in association with the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem.