George Nuku's installation
For the ‘Display of Power’ theme (+4), New Zealand artist George Nuku created an installation inspired by a Maori meeting house, where people commune with their ancestors.
The figures and motifs on the entrance to the building denote ancestral power and are designed to make a deep impression on the visitor.
Nuku’s installation represents the body of an ancestor. Though he sculpts in the ancient Maori tradition, he uses modern-day materials like polystyrene and Plexiglas.
With his installation, the artist returns sacred objects from Polynesia to a worthy environment outside the museum’s profane display cases. At the same time he makes a veiled reference to the giant, Antigoon.
Floor +4 explores the 'Display of Power' with collections relating to prestige and symbols.