To be glowing with or emitting light is to be lucent. Yet, despite the title of the exhibition, the artworks of Lucent: Aboriginal and Pacific Works from the Collection are not consistently luminous in this literal sense. Although there are aspects of material lustre, this exhibition, which is currently on display at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, instead takes a more symbolic and spiritual approach in conveying the brightness of its artworks.
Musée du Quai Branly in Paris is a museum of tribal objects and artefacts and definitely a must-see for those interested in the genre. Its building, designed by the star architect Jean Nouvel, is also an interesting piece of contemporary architecture.
Although the collection of Quai Branly is rich, colourful and fascinating, like other European and North American museums with colonial collections, it does not present the genuine story of the origins of its objects. And the visitors ought to ask the question, how come ritualistic tribal objects from Polynesia, Australia or Madagascar end up in Paris, completely removed from their original contexts.