By Chris Healy
South Pacific Museums: Experiments in tradition is a set of exceptional analyses of museums within the South Pacific, written via cultural, museum and architectural critics, and historians. a sequence of snapshots introduce the reader to key museums within the sector and longer essays discover those museums in huge phrases. over the past 50 years, museums were appeared by way of many students and cultural critics as archaic associations faraway from the innovative of cultural innovation. This judgement is being proved flawed around the globe, with leading edge museums staking out new territory. Nowhere is that this extra outstanding than within the South Pacific the place new and redeveloped associations have incorporated the Museum of latest Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the nationwide Museum of Australia, the Melbourne Museum, the Australian Centre for the relocating picture, the Museum of Sydney, the Gab Titui Cultural Centre within the Torres Strait, the Auckland Museum, the Centre Culturel Tjibaou and the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. South Pacific Museums make feel of those museums as a part of the complicated box of historical past, the place nationwide economies meet international tourism, towns model themselves, and indigeneity articulates with colonialism. The impression is one in all cultural experimentation. half One, 'New Museums', introduces 3 diverse museums in precise nationwide contexts - Te Papa, the Centre Culturel Tjibaou and the nationwide Museum of Australia. Essays during this half grapple with the position of those museums within the kingdom at specific ancient moments less than particular political pressures. half , 'New Knowledges', records practices and exhibitions on the aspect of hysteria among indigenous and non-indigenous pursuits within the museum. half 3, 'New Experiences', explores the ways that museums within the South Pacific are generating that ineffable cultural phenomenon - event.