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1   Link   Australian Museum (Australia)
The Australian Museum holds approximately 40,000 ethnographic objects and one million archaeological artefacts representing the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The collections come from areas throughout Australia, but research on, and acquisition of, material from New South Wales is a major focus.

There are approximately 60,000 ethnographic objects from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia in the Pacific Collection. Our primary focus is on the Melanesian nations of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

The Australian Museum has longstanding relationships with communities throughout the Pacific and we are committed to promoting greater understanding of Pacific artefacts and cultural materials and providing access to the collections to a wide range of community groups, researchers and the general public.

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2   Link   National Gallery of Victoria (Australia)
The National Gallery of Victoria believes that it is vital to honour the art and culture of the Pacific so that it will be perceived here in Melbourne as one of the world’s great art traditions that continues to develop and is open to change. To that end the NGV opened its first Oceanic gallery at NGV International in December 2003. The Oceanic gallery enabled the NGV to create a Pacific presence on the ground floor but the scale of the permanent gallery did not do justice to the importance of Pacific Islander art or to the NGV’s vision for the Asia Pacific region that embraces Indigenous Australia, the Pacific and Asia. On 28 May 2011, synchronous with the NGV’s 150th anniversary, the Gallery opened to the public a modern permanent space dedicated to art of the Pacific with a special focus on the work of living artists. In this dynamic white cube, art of the Pacific moves out of its darkened cul-de-sac and into a light-filled 21st century space with a 5 metre ceiling.

The new Art of the Pacific gallery aims to introduce viewers to the cultural diversity, vitality and spirit resonance of Oceanic art and to some of its universe of forms, both old and new. A feature of the current display is that many of the originally highly mobile objects, some ingeniously made from a profusion of organic materials, are on open display where they can resonate as images in space, rather than being isolated in glass cases. Context and cultural meaning are also vital principles that we honour in the Pacific gallery.

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3   Link   de Young Fine Art Museums (San Franscico, USA)
The de Young has exhibited Oceanic art since it opened in 1895. M.H. de Young and museum supporters purchased works from the California International Midwinter Exposition that still form the core of the Oceanic collection. The strength of this charter collection lay in small groups of objects, including important New Zealand Maori woodcarvings from meetinghouses of that period, as well as in singular works of importance, such as a rare Micronesian figurative weather charm.

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4   Link   The American Museum of Asmat Art (University of St. Thomas · Minnesota, USA)
Dirk Smidt writes the following in the introduction to Asmat Art: Woodcarvings of Southwest New Guinea, which underscores the spiritual significance of sculptural forms:

The Asmat woodcarver's art is a form of communication between the living and the dead, between the community of human beings and the complex and pervasive world of the spirits. In the coastal swamps of southwest New Guinea, deceased relatives, the many birds and animals that share the land with the Asmat, and even the whirlpools and channels of the great brown rivers have a spiritual life. It is in this context that Asmat art must be understood. Despite differences in style from one carver to the next, or from one region to the next all these grand works serve the same function: to make the spirit world tangible. In doing this the artist helps bring his community into balance with the world of the spirits.

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5   Link   The Field Museum (Chicago, USA)
The Micronesian collections number nearly 16,000 specimens. Alexander Spoehr, Curator of Oceanic archaeology and ethnology between 1940 and 1952, performed fieldwork immediately after World War II in the Marshall Islands and Marianas Islands and collected both ethnological and archaeological material for the Museum. Roland W. Force, Curator of Oceanic archaeology and ethnology between 1956 and 1961 also collected ethnological and archaeological material for the Museum’s collections in the Caroline Islands, on the island of Palau. Fred M. Reinman, Curator of Oceanic archaeology and ethnology between 1964 and 1967, also conducted fieldwork in the Marianas Islands, on the island of Guam. The archaeological collections excavated by Spoehr and Reinman number over 14,000 specimens. The largest ethnographic collection represents the islands of Kiribati having been received from Otto Finsch, J.F.G. Umlauff, Irving Channon, and A.W.F. Fuller among others. Collections of over 500 items also represent the Micronesian Outliers of Wuvulu and Aua and of over 400 items represent the Federated States of Micronesia.


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6   Link   The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)
The islands of the Pacific Ocean encompass nearly 1,800 distinct cultures and hundreds of artistic traditions in an area that covers about one-third of the Earth's surface. The Museum's new permanent galleries for Oceanic art, completely redesigned and reinstalled, display a substantially larger portion of the Museum's Oceanic holdings than was previously on view. Featuring renowned masterworks from the Metropolitan's Oceanic collection as well as recent acquisitions, the installation presents sculpture and decorative arts from the regions of Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Australia. The displays also feature the Museum's first gallery devoted to the arts of the indigenous peoples of Island Southeast Asia.

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7   Link   Bishop Museum (Honolulu, USA)
Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures
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8   Link   Bowers Museum (California, USA)
Art of the Pacific
This collection includes art and artifacts from many of the Pacific Islands. Objects from Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya make up largest part of this collection though other areas of Melanesia, Polynesia and Australia are also represented. There are more than 2,400 objects ranging in age from pre-historic to contemporary. Objects in the art of the Pacific collection are varied including basketry, pottery, feather work, weapons, wooden sculpture, food bowls and utensils, jewelry and costume
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9   Link   Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology(Harvard University Boston, USA)
Collections from Oceania, comprising the islands of the South Pacific, the Philippines, and Australia, are extensive and include many rare eighteenth-century items collected by Boston merchants, traders, and researchers on Pacific voyages. Also included in these collections are items collected by the U.S. exploring voyages of the 1870s and 1880s, as well as a large collection from the Philippines that came from its Governor General.

Collection Highlights
Artifacts from the Dani, Asmat, and Sepik River area and Papuan Gulf of New Guinea.
Australian Aboriginal spears, boomerangs, dilly bags, shields, and bark paintings.
Carved clubs from Fiji and the Marquesas.
Carved spoons and bowls, woven blankets, and baskets from the Philippines.
Fossil hominin casts.
Hawaiian feather capes and helmets.
Ikat textiles from Indonesia.
Javanese shadow puppets.
Lithic material from Tasmania and Australia.
Malagan carvings from New Ireland.
Maori carved door panels, bowls, and human figures.
Micronesian tapa cloths and beaters, baskets, shell jewelry, and woven mats.
Shields, baskets, and sun hats from Borneo.
Solomon Island spears and wooden bowls.
Stick maps of the Marshall Islands.
Tapa figures and carved wood statues from Easter Island.
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10   Link   Musee du Quai Branly (Paris, France)
Visitors will thus acquaint themselves with artefacts from Melanesia, Polynesia, Australia and Insulindia, gathered together from historic collections made by 19th century travellers and from ethnographic missions, and resulting from an acquisitions policy that seeks to enrich collections with works of major interest
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11   Link   Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)
South Sea - Collection Melanesia and Australia
As from 18 June 2004, after nearly two years of refurbishment, the South Sea exhibition of the Ethnological Museum, with the collections 'Melanesia' and 'Australia' are once more open to the public. Built-to-scale Oceanic boats and houses bring the South Sea atmosphere to Europe, creating a true island world experience.

The island world of Melanesia is characterized by an extraordinary diversity of artistic expression, fascinating with its richness of colour and variety of types. The Australian collection illustrates the collection history of the region. Focal points include seafare, architecture, and crafts such as pottery. Through different media, the exhibition also brings to life social aspects such as money and exchange, images of the body, or the relationship between humans and animals. Original prints of pictures taken by the photographer J. W. Beattie let the world of Melanesia arise from the past in front of the visitor's eyes.

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12   Link   Fiji Museum
The Fiji Museum aims to be a dynamic institution for the preservation of the country's national heritage. This national heritage is understood to encompass the culture and history of the people of Fiji, and their relationship with the people of the South Pacific and the rest of the world.

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