The Pacific encompasses more than a thousand distinct cultures and hundreds of artistic traditions in an area that covers about one-third of the earth's surface. After an extensive three-year renovation, the Museum's galleries for Oceanic Art reopened in November 2007, brighter, more modern, and more accessible. Curator Eric Kjellgren discusses Oceanic cultures and major works from the collection, including the suspension of more than 300 exquisite painted panels above the gallery, and some of the earth's largest free-standing musical instruments.
Eric Kjellgren, Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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