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The Shape of Time: Art and Ancestors of Oceania from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2023-06-01 - 2023-08-20
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About the Exhibition

The exhibition The Shape of Time: Art and Ancestors of Oceania from The Metropolitan Museum of Art is produced by the Lujiazui Development (Group) Co., Ltd., and co-organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and Museum of Art Pudong (MAP). The exhibition marks the first time that MAP collaborates with The Met, a world-renowned art institution. Meanwhile, it is also the first time ever that an exhibition taken entirely from The Met's collection has come to Shanghai, China, adding extraordinary historical significance to the event.

The Shape of Time centers around The Met's Oceanic art collection, showing the exuberant and diverse culture of Oceania. Divided into three main sections: Voyaging, Ancestors and Time, the exhibition displays more than 110 valuable artworks from the past four centuries.

Encompassing the arts and cultures of the Pacific Islands, The Met's collection of Oceanic art comprises over 2,800 works that reflect the rich history of creative expression and innovation that is emblematic of the region.

Ever Since joining in The Met's permanent collection, these treasures of Oceania have never left New York. The exhibition The Shape of Time represents the first time after about half a century that these works will travel out of country, and MAP is honoured to be the first stop of this historic voyage.

About The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. The Museum was founded in 1870 with a mission to bring art and art education to public audiences. The Museum's permanent collections span 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. As well as paintings, photographs, textiles, and sculpture from cultures around the world, the museum is home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes, and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. Several notable architectural facades and interiors, ranging from 1st-century Rome through modern and contemporary American design, are installed in its galleries. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries through exhibitions and events, extending knowledge and revealing new ideas by sparking creativity and connecting people across time and cultures to each other.

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