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Travels through the immensity

Temporary exhibition
Cinquantenaire Museum, Brussels
26 October 2017 - 29 April 2018


Oceania, an infinite continent suspended between the immensity of the sky and the sea, is still linked, in our imagination, to the great voyages of discovery and to the unknown.

Over 60,000 years ago, the first colonists arrived from Africa and began to inhabit Papua and Australia. Between the 3rd millennium BCE and 1,000 CE new seafarers from South-East Asia settled in central and eastern parts of the Pacific. Not until the 18th century did Europeans, James Cook foremost among them, begin to explore this vast area systematically. Thanks to Henri Lavachery’s 1934 expedition to Easter Island, aboard the ship Mercator, Belgium made its own contribution to scientific knowledge of these mysterious lands.

Maps, ship models and archival documents, as well as the reconstitution of a walkway from the Mercator, invite the visitor to cross the great ocean in the footsteps of these explorers from the past. In addition to evoking these various journeys. In addition to evoking these various journeys, the exhibition will showcase the rich collections of the Cinquantenaire Museum, the MIM and the Royal Museum of Central Africa.

Few people are aware that the RMCA has an Oceania collection with more than 2,500 pieces. The RMCA takes part in the exhibition with about twenty objects from the Solomon Islands, New Ireland, New Guinea, New Caledonia, New Britain, and New Hebrides to the RMAH.

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