19 June–12 September 2010
Paperskin: the art of tapa cloth is a unique celebration of the breathtaking visual sophistication and richness of tapa.
Tapa – also known as bark cloth – has played a central role in island cultures in the Pacific for over 3,000 years.
Paperskin: the art of tapa cloth explores the stories embodied in an impressive selection of more than 40 tapa works from countries across the Pacific. With their evocative visual language of bold and intricate patterning, tapa have been likened to tattoos – another kind of skin that envelops the wearer in cultural significance and beauty.
Te Papa's version of the Paperskin exhibition includes three pieces of tapa from the Museum's collection that were not included in the Queensland version of the show.
Paperskin: the art of tapa cloth is organised by Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and the Queensland Museum. It was first shown at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
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