Power and Prestige

The Art of Clubs in Oceania


The representation of “power” in the Oceanic civilizations through 150 clubs made during the 18th and 19th centuries


ISBN: 9788857246406 Category:


The book features a selection of works ranging from 40 centimetres in height to over two metres, to be staged in Venice by the Giancarlo Ligabue Foundation in partnership with the Mus̩e du Quai Branly РJacques Chirac in Paris, which will be the next site to host the exhibition.

The exhibition also involves the collaboration of the British Museum, which has contributed some “extremely important” loans; curated by Steve Hooper, it presents exhibits from collections in the United Kingdom and Europe, including some objects from the Venice collection itself. For a long time these clubs were simply considered as weapons used by “savage” tribes, and were relegated to a minor role, but these ‘power’ clubs are actually a complex expression of Oceanic art and were key objects used in trade and ceremonies.

Additional information

Weight 1739 g
Dimensions 21.8 x 30.3 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 23 August 2022
Number of pages 272
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.8 x 30.3 cm
Weight 1739 g


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Steven Hooper is Sainsbury Research Unit Director, Professor of Visual Arts.