Wednesday, September 26, 2018
- Europe & Africa
South Seas: Encounters with Paradise Lost
Oct 25, 2017 To Mar 30, 2018
Detail: Long before European ships of discovery ventured into Pacific waters, seafarers from East and Southeast Asia explored the seemingly paradisiacal South Seas. In a number of waves of migration, they settled with their families in Australia as well as the island worlds of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
European marine expeditions in the modern period not only had as their goal the discovery and development of unknown regions of the world, they were also precursors of the colonial conquest of the world. Four expeditions to the South Seas, journeys with which the history of Austrian museums is closely connected, tell the story of eventful encounters with the inhabitants of the Pacific islands. These relationships were characterised by dignified receptions, esteem and respect, but also by conflicts, hostility, and death. Numerous objects of daily life, adornment, and ritual recall the first contacts, active bartering, and mutual hospitality, yet also violence, resistance and centuries of foreign interference.
Daily except Wednesday
10 am to 6 pm
until 9 pm