National Gallery of Australia Opens the First Solomon Islands Art Exhibition in Australia

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AUSTRALIA.- The National Gallery of Australia exhibition, Varilaku: Pacific arts from the Solomon Islands opens tomorrow and is on show until 29 May 2011. The first Solomon Islands exhibition in Australia, Varilaku tells a story of both beauty and aggression, bringing together the finest traditional arts from the Solomon Islands. The word ‘varilaku’ describes the mixture of cool bravado and aggression found in the confidence of a Solomon Islands warrior, fully adorned and decorated, embarking on war-like or headhunting expeditions. Ron Radford AM, Director of the National Gallery of Australia said “The National Gallery of Australia is delighted to present the first Solomon Islands exhibition in Australia which shows the finest examples of this art from museums and private collections throughout the country. Indeed not since 1974 at the British Museum, has there been such a comprehensive display of art from