Tapa: Etoffes cosmiques d'Oceanie by Marie-Claire Bataille-Benguigui, Hélène Guiot, Claude Stéfani, Fanny Wonu Veys


Tapa: Etoffes cosmiques d'Oceanie
By Marie-Claire Bataille-Benguigui, Hélène Guiot, Claude Stéfani, Fanny Wonu Veys

Catalogue for the first exhibition of its kind in France, held at the Cahors Museum Henri-Martin June-November 2009. The "cosmic fabrics of Oceania", tapas, are parts of the culture of the area and inspired the most important of Western 20th century painters. Seen here are works held in such prestigious French collections as the Musée du Quai Branly, the National Marine Museum in Rochefort, the Musée de Confluences in Lyon, the Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle museum in Alençon, the Galerie Mayer-Oceanic Art, and private collections, some heretofore unpublished or not well known, creating a representative group of painted barkcloth fabrics from Melanesia and Polynesia. These "complex objects" and "treasures" beautify the daily and help to keep harmony in man, the world and the gods. They are objects of multiple facets and symbolic interpretations, which accompany man from birth to death, in all circumstances and at different levels-daily, social, economic and religious.

Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin, 2009
127 pages, color and black and white illustrations
ISBN 978-2-9526224-0-0 (br.)
www.mairie-cahors.fr/musee
To order:
Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin
792 rue Emile Zola
46000 Cahors, France
Tel: 33 5 65 20 88 66
€22 by bank check made out to Tresor public

 

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