Lisa Reihana is among the most relevant contemporary artists from the Pacific. Her work in Pursuit of Venus [infected] constitutes the heart of the exhibition In the Shadow of Venus: Lisa Reihana & Pacific taonga. Here, the Museum am Rothenbaum puts artistic production from Oceania into the spotlight. Reihana’s digital panorama will be on view for the first time in Germany. It is brought into dialogue with exceptional historical artworks from the museum’s collection. Her work critically engages with the first encounters between Europeans and Pacific Islander societies which lead to their colonisation and also resulted in the transfer of cultural goods to Europe.
The exhibition is funded by the Hubertus Wald Foundation, the Board for Culture and Media Hamburg and the Government of New Zealand.