Somuk at the Quai Branly Museum

Nov-18-2019 Mar-8-2020

EXHIBITION/MUSEUM

Musée du Quai Branly

Somuk at the Quai Branly Museum

Nov

18

2019
Mar

8

2020

Musée du Quai Branly host Somuk exhibition, an artist from New Caledonia from November 19, 2019 to March 8, 2020

Musée du Quai Branly host Somuk exhibition, an artist from New Caledonia from November 19, 2019 to March 8, 2020. This exhibition presents two sides of the artist, a unique character of the Pacific: the paragon of an outsider artist for followers of Jean Dubuffet, and a political leader for the inhabitants of his region. Praised in his village in the north of the Solomon Islands in the 1930s, Somuk drew the attention of the Parisian post-war intelligentsia through the writings of Father Patrick O’Reilly. He was then forgotten, except in Gagan, his home village, where he was raised to the status of a demiurgic after his death.The exhibition first touches on the societies of Bougainville Island in which Somuk grew up and, in parallel, the many commissions for drawings from missionaries and anthropologists of the time. It goes on to explore the uniqueness of his work, before focusing on his legacy today. The exhibition comes to a close by evoking one of the darkest chapters in the Pacific’s modern history: the Bougainville Civil War. This exhibition is associated with the International Year of Indigenous Languages organized by Unesco.
Address: Quai Branly 75007

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