OPT-NC is issuing a new 110 XPF stamp to mark a truly exceptional cultural event, the "Kanak, l’Art est une Parole" exhibition scheduled to run from 15 March to 15 June 2014 at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
The exhibition will include one of the Museum of New Caledonia’s major treasures: a 255 cm high rooftop finial from the Paicî-Cèmuhî customary area, carved in wood (from the endemic tree known locally as 'houp') by Bwae Obun of the Pwei Belepooan clan, passed on to Bami de Tegaenpaik and then to Chief Dui de Tiwandé before it became one of the artifacts collected by Protestant missionary and ethnologist Maurice Leenhardt. It was finally gifted to the Museum in 1948 by Jean Guiart.
The exciting "Kanak, l’Art est une Parole" exhibition was first shown at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, where it proved highly successful. The organisers (curators Roger Boulay and Emmanuel Kasarhérou, the teams at ADCK-CCT and the Museum of New Caledonia, and project coordinator Henri Gama) have now adapted the exhibition for display in the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, providing the New Caledonian people with new insight into the rich diversity of the tangible and intangible legacy of Kanak art and culture.
This superbly curated exhibition includes over 160 artifacts reflecting the Kanak cultural and artistic heritage and the history of New Caledonia and sourced from collections held by French and European museums, the Museum of New Caledonia, the ADCK-CCT and private lenders. The chosen artifacts are complemented and enriched by a wealth of historic documents, images and contemporary artworks.
The exhibition will give the local public a unique opportunity to discover many Kanak artifacts never before seen in New Caledonia; treasures that embody a message of serenity freely offered to one and all. Don't miss this magnificent cultural treat!