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Essays

Modernism or Folk Art?

THE RECEPTION OF PACIFIC ART IN EUROPE

Eva Ch. Raabe

JOE NALO (Papua New Guinea), Universal Man, 1991, 190 x 140 cm, Museum of Ethnology, Frankfurt.

Dealing with the subject of art from an ethnological rather than an art historical perspective is limiting, if not problematic.1 The distinct nature of the two disciplines, both in terms of methodology and content, has led to entirely different ways of approaching the phenomenon of art. The very fact that the ethnologist deals with Pacific art seems to me to be…

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