Lesson number one: a visit to the Quai Branly Museum in Paris!
A veritable immersion into the paradise of the Marquesas Islands, Mata Hoata can boast of being the largest exhibition in the world dedicated to Marquesan art. Nearly 300 works of art were combined to trace rites, beliefs and art in the archipelago, from the eighteenth century to the latest contemporary creations.
The journey starts here. You have until July 24 to appreciate the rich Marquesan art exhibition. An exceptional event not to miss!
Lesson number two: (re) discover the re-edited works of Von den Steinen
In 1897 and 1898, Von den Steinen compiled a wealth of knowledge on Marquesan art, taking inventory any object, any drawing … and even recording in his journals Marquesan traditional songs.
Completely original, even the best contemporary Polynesian tattoo artists still draw today from the journals of Von den Steinen, the gist of the “tatutiki” traditional Marquesan art of tattooing.
Lesson number three: You are finally ready to visit the Marquesas!
Yes “embark”. For the Marquesas Islands can also visited by boat. With their bi-monthly voyages, the passenger cargo ship Aranui 5 has become a major tourist reference in French Polynesia where Marquesan voyages are concerned. Their secret? Embark on the same vessel, a few containers of cargo to the Marquesas, add a hundred or so comfortable cabins manned by an almost 100% Polynesian crew. On arrival: you will undoubtedly benefit from the most authentic of French Polynesian experiences in just one cruise …
The Aranui 5, their latest and newest vessel of this local company, even makes a stop by Bora Bora on the route back to Tahiti … A must do for all travelers to French Polynesia!
The spring exhibition at the Quai Branly “Mata Hoata, art and society in the Marquesas”
From 12 April to 24 July 2016 Full price: 9,00 €. Reduced price: € 7.00
Le coffret « Les marquisiens et leur art », collection Culture pacifique, Edition Au Vent des Îles, 108 euros.
Aranui 5 – Cruise to Tahiti and her islands (culminating in the Marquises archipelago)