Musée d'ethnographie de Genève
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The Boomerang Effect
The Aboriginal Arts in Australia
From 19 May 2017 to 7 January 2018
Temporary exhibition: 9/6 CHF
Free admission for under 18 as well as on the 1st Sunday of the month
White walls, neon writing, clean lines: the MEG’s new exhibition "The Boomerang Effect. The Aboriginal Arts of Australia" welcomes its visitors in a space evocative of a contemporary art gallery. Here the MEG unveils one of its finest collections and reveals the wealth of indigenous Australia's cultural heritage. Visiting this exhibition, we understand how the attempts to suppress Aboriginal culture since the colonisation in the 18th century have ended up having the opposite of their desired result.
Alongside utilitarian objects and weapons (boomerangs, spears, shields) and artefacts used in exchanges between communities (engraved pearl shells, message sticks), the exhibition displays works illustrating the aboriginal mythological tales.
The artist Brook Andrew, whohas been invited by the MEG to do a residency in the context of the exhibition, focuses his own gaze on the culture and history of Australia's first inhabitants.
With the GhostNets project, presented on a monumental scale in the MEG exhibition, Torres Strait Islanders make marine animals out of bits of fishing nets lost at sea (ghost nets). Art thus becomes a tool for denouncing ecological issues.
In a real boomerang effect, the destruction of their culture , have led the Aborigines to strengthen their identity and to display unprecedented creativity. Aboriginal artists have managed to find their own way of using the plastic media of expression in order to further their cause.
The Archives of Human Diversity
Admission to the permanent exhibitions in the City of Geneva’s museums is free.
Over 1,000 objects, remarkable messengers from cultures all over the world, have been selected from the 80,000 items in the MEG’s collections to feature in the permanent display. Its museographic and scientific design spotlights objects of exemplary historic or anthropological value, works likely to be admired for their aesthetic qualities, but also for their affective and emotional dimensions. Alongside this exhibition, a rich and daring multidisciplinary program of concerts, workshops, shows, lectures and visits will make this new outward-looking museum an attractive cultural venue.