London gallery to bring together 250 objects, including canoes, god figures and feast bowls, for landmark show in its 250th anniversary year

Historic objects from the South Pacific, some of which have remained undocumented and unseen in the stores of European museums for more than a century, are to be part of the UK’s first major show exploring Oceanic art.

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) has announced details of its 2018 Oceania exhibition, which will bring together 250 objects from the vast region that stretches from New Guinea to Easter Island, and Hawaii to New Zealand.

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