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“The Art of Papua New Guinea” aims to document traditional and contemporary material cultures of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The extraordinarily rich artistic heritage of PNG has fascinated not only artists and anthropologists, but also, since the opening of the country to the modern world, international dealers and collectors, notably from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. The constant appetite for Papua New Guinean traditional art forms has led to the dispersal of PNG’s cultural heritage. The rapidity of changes affecting the country has not permitted the protection and the conservation of material testimonies of the past. As a result the most important ancient artifacts are today overseas. However, the development of new technologies allows the recovery of documentation to the national PNG community and to the local communities of origin. A growing number of museums and archive centres have their collections online and we are forming partnerships with…

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