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24 September 2015


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The Sepik River surreal art in the form of carvings and adorned items and painted images are famous worldwide in major museums and art galleries. When it comes to Oceania art forms, the Sepik River art forms are major attractions.

It's also interesting that some western feature films have taken the liberty to showcase this PNG art works in background scenes.

If I recall correctly, the museum scene in the movie adaptation of the novel "Cloud Atlas" starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry depicted Sepik River carvings.

Also, if I recall correctly again, the comic book animation movie adaptation of "The Adventures of Tintin" directed by Steven Spielberg clearly shows a Sepik River carving hanging on the wall of Tintin's room.

There's always a little sense of national pride when PNG art is given recognition as props or background adornment in major international films.

Somebody better warn security that Hon Theo Zurenuoc may be paying the museum a visit, and before that he'll probably be stopping at the nearest hardware centre for a few items of equipment.

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