Dufour et Cie, printer and publisher, Jean-Gabriel Charvet, designer, Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique (The Voyages of Captain Cook), 1805, woodblock, printed in colour from multiple blocks; hand-painted gouache through stencils. Collection National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Purchased from admission charges 1982–83

Lisa Reihana: Encounters in Oceania

New Zealand Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale

Lisa Reihana’s in Pursuit Of Venus [Infected] was commissioned by Alastair Caruthers and curated by Rhana Devenport for the New Zealand Pavilion, at Tese dell’Isolotto in the Arsenale of the 57th International Art Exhibition, Biennale Arte (13 May – 26 November 2017).

Nicholas Thomas is Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK. His books include, Discoveries: The Voyages of Captain Cook (2003), Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire (2010), which was awarded the Wolfson History Prize and, most recently, The Return of Curiosity: What Museums Are Good For In The Twenty‑first Century (2016).

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