Kwoma Ceiling

Roddy Atkinson

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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An amazing display in The Exotic Oceanic Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York of a Kwoma ceiling. (More details below!)
New York, USA. June 2012.

Hand-held from a Canon 5d Mark II and EF16-35 2.8 L II. Processed with Raw, Photomatix and Photoshop. (Single Exposure Pseudo HDR)
1/50s, f4, iso800, 24mm.
At the center of the Melanesian gallery will be a soaring, boldly colored ceiling from a ceremonial house of the Kwoma people of New Guinea. More than 80 feet long and 30 feet wide, the ceiling is composed of more than 270 individual paintings, commissioned from a group of Kwoma master artists in the early 1970s. Space constraints in the previous installation allowed only a reduced version of the ceiling to be presented. Greatly expanded and raised to its full height, the new Kwoma ceiling imparts a cathedral-like atmosphere to the gallery; it will now be seen and appreciated in its full grandeur for the first time. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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