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Tiki Pop, America dreams of its Polynesian paradise

Tiki Pop, America dreams of its Polynesian paradise

Until September 28, 2014, the Quai Branly museum analyzes the American craze of the 1950s for imagery of the southern seas with an exhibition: Tiki Pop, America dreams of its Polynesian paradise. The Parisian exhibition not to be missed this summer.

No better place this summer to show off your ukulele under your elbow and your dashing Hawaiian shirt, than the Quai Branly museum. Indeed, until September 28, the latter offers an exhibition that analyzes the Tiki style: Tiki Pop, America dreams of its Polynesian paradise. Emblematic of the popular American culture of the fifties, the Tiki style conveys a fantasized image of the southern seas and breathes a real art of living populated by clichés that arouse envy: vahines, cocktails and coconut palms.
Map of Polynesian cocktails and its mugs. Early 1960s Tiki influences were found in the architecture, the decoration of bars and even American restaurants in the 1930s. The roofs of the restaurants and their A-frame are inspired by the traditional houses of the Melanesian men, while the interiors are adorned with wooden statues and exotic cocktails are served. But the peak of the current took place in the 1950s, while the Americans sought an outlet to the stressful modern world: the fantasy of carefree Polynesian life held out their arms to them.
Kon Tiki Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, 1961 The exhibition at the musée du quai Branly thus presents no less than 400 works evoking the Tiki universe and the craze aroused: statuettes, photos, films, musical recordings and archival documents from the height of the movement in the 1950s until 'to his oblivion in the 80s. Until September 28, 2014 Musée du quai Branly 37 quai Branly 75007 Paris www.quaibranly.fr