Muséum Toulouse
Exposition jusqu'au 30 juin 2019

Publications

3 publications, co-edited in partnership with various publishing houses, accompany our Easter Island exhibition.

L'ÎLE DE PÂQUES / EASTER ISLAND A COLLECTIVE WORK CREATED BY MUSÉE CHAMPOLLION – LES ÉCRITURES DU MONDE, FIGEAC, MUSÉE FENAILLE, RODEZ / TOULOUSE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD 2018

L'ÎLE DE PÂQUES

L'ÎLE DE PÂQUES / EASTER ISLAND
A COLLECTIVE WORK CREATED BY MUSÉE CHAMPOLLION – LES ÉCRITURES DU MONDE, FIGEAC, MUSÉE FENAILLE, RODEZ / TOULOUSE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD
2018

A collective work, co-published with Actes Sud, that brings together contributions from numerous authors, gives an overview of current research into traditional Rapanui society, the history of its encounters with Europeans and the way the island interweaves with our westernised conceptions. Several articles discuss the present-day issues facing this island as it strives to preserve its heritage and environment, interspersed with accounts and reflections on contemporary society.

ARTICLES :

  • Préface, par Françoise Nyssen, ministre de la Culture
  • Introduction, par Francis Duranthon, Céline Ramio, Aurélien Pierre
  • Terre et civilisation Rapa Nui, par Catherine Orliac et Michel Orliac
  • Des pirogues à Rapa Nui, par Hélène Guiot
  • Etoffes de Rapa Nui, par Hélène Guiot
  • Les autels à statues de l’île de Pâques, par Nicolas Cauwe
  • Le plus grand monument de l’île de Pâques, par Nicolas Cauwe
  • L’écriture de l’île de Pâques, par Paul Horley et Konstantin Pozdniakov
  • Européens dans le Pacifique et à l’île de Pâques, par Michel Orliac
  • L’île de Pâques vue par Pierre Loti (1872), par Claude Stéfani
  • Apports des naturalistes-voyageurs français à la connaissance des
  • Polynésiens entre 1766 et 1840, par Élise Patole-Edoumba
  • L’art moderne et l’île de Pâques, par Benoît Decron
  • La société pascuane s’est-elle suicidée ?, par Nicolas Cauwe
  • De l’influence du phénomène ENSO sur le climat de l’île de Pâques, par
  • Thierry Delcroix
  • La flore originelle de l’île de Pâques, par J.F. Butaud
  • Le réveil des arina ora : le renouveau culturel rapanui, par Diego Munoz
  • La mise en scène de la culture rapanui, par Diego Munoz

THE AUTHORS

Catherine Orliac (Doctor of Archaeology, research director at the CNRS), Michel Orliac (archaeologist, researcher at the CNRS), Diego Muñoz (anthropologist, Centre for Research and Documentation on Oceania), Hélène Guiot (ethnoarchaeologist, ArScAn 7041), Nicolas Cauwe (curator at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels), Paul Horley (professor, Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine), Konstantin Pozdniakov (linguist, university professor, INALCO, LLABEX EFL), Claude Stefani (curator of Rochefort museums), Élise Patole-Edoumba (director of the La Rochelle Natural History Museum), Benoît Decron (chief curator of the Soulages museum), Thierry Delcroix (meteorologist, research director, IRD), Jean-François Butaud (University of French Polynesia).

ÎLE DE PÂQUES, LE NOMBRIL DU MONDE ? / EASTER ISLAND – THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD? CO-PUBLISHED BY MUSÉUM DE TOULOUSE- MUSEO EDITIONS 2018

ÎLE DE PÂQUES,
LE NOMBRIL DU MONDE ?

ÎLE DE PÂQUES,
LE NOMBRIL DU MONDE ? / EASTER ISLAND – THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD?
CO-PUBLISHED BY MUSÉUM DE TOULOUSE- MUSEO EDITIONS
2018

The work entitled Easter Island: the navel of the world?  constitutes the account of the exhibition currently on show at the Toulouse Natural History Museum, scheduled to run until June 30, 2019. The book describes the exhibition, tracing its central thread, and recounts some of the key moments that marked its preparation. These carefully selected museographical stages provide an insight into the work of the various people involved, from craftsmen to highly skilled technicians, illustrators to taxidermists...
A collection of snapshots that provide a glimpse behind the scenes at the museum: for example, how the cabin on La Flore warship was reconstructed to resemble the drawing Pierre Loti was to make of it in 1872, overflowing with artefacts from the island, the reproduction of monumental statues (the moai figures), and even transcripts of recent interviews of Easter Islanders conducted by the ethnoarchaeologist Hélène Guiot.

THE AUTHORS

The Muséum de Toulouse and Museo éditions based on content provided by the commissioner of the exhibition showcased at the Toulouse Natural History Museum, Fabien Laty, and the scientific commissioner Nicolas Cauwe, archaeologist and curator of Human Prehistory and Oceania at the Art & History Museums in Brussels.

RAPA NUI, L’ÎLE DE PÂQUES DE PIERRE LOTI / RAPA NUI, THE EASTER ISLAND OF PIERRE LOTI, LES CAHIERS DE LA GIRAFE & ÉDITIONS DU MUSÉUM DE TOULOUSE 2009

RAPA NUI, L’ÎLE DE PÂQUES DE PIERRE LOTI

RAPA NUI, L’ÎLE DE PÂQUES DE PIERRE LOTI / RAPA NUI, THE EASTER ISLAND OF PIERRE LOTI, LES CAHIERS DE LA GIRAFE & ÉDITIONS DU MUSÉUM DE TOULOUSE
2009

Aged twenty-one, Julien Viaud embarked on a voyage aboard La Flore warship. Destination: Easter Island – the famous Rapa Nui, with its sad and fanciful reputation. Better known as Pierre Loti, he kept a detailed record of his stay on Easter Island in a small diary.
Pierre Loti is one of those writers whose life and works merge to form an inseparable whole. Inextricably linked, the man and his art merge, intertwine and enhance each other. A never-ending game of mirrors between fiction and reality, the imagination of a talented writer and the real-life encounters of the curious traveller: proof lies in the personal diaries he wrote unfailingly throughout his life, which often contain the seeds of his novels.

Loti brought back a variety of souvenirs of his travels, including a magnificent pectoral and a ceremonial paddle carved with a ray, artefacts that now belong to the collection housed by the Toulouse Natural History Museum. In this work, these artefacts accompany the account of his voyage, and shed light on 19th century Easter Island culture, enriched by analysis from specialists.

THE AUTHORS

Pierre Dalous (curator at the Toulouse Natural History Museum since 1989 and director of the Conservation service), Alain Quella-Villéger (Doctor of Modern History), Bruno Vercier (Historian specialised in modern literature), Michel Orliac (archaeologist and researcher at the CNRS), Catherine Orliac (Doctor of Archaeology and Prehistory, researcher at the CNRS)