Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan, une artiste à bord de la Korrigane
A handful of aristocrats embarked for a world tour on a refurbished cod fishing boat, right after the events of February 1934. They most probably did not know they were about to write one of the last chapters of ethnographic exploration in the Pacific Ocean. Retrospectively the long voyage on the Korrigane (1934-1936) produced a wonderful lot of objects before the war and legislation made this sort of adventure. The last survivor of the group, Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan (née de Ganay, and related to the Schneider dynasty and to former French first lady Anne-Aymone Giscard d’Estaing) died at the age of 106 in 2014. In this story written by 2 authors -including the drawings - she recalls the adventures of this sail: when the crew almost drowned along the coast of New-Zealand, was the prey of real-false cannibals oe when they swiped artefacts from the locals. These elements from the poupe of the pirogue, this skull relic holder in the shape of a shark, these feather currencies, the cups from the islands of Admiralty are now part of the treasures at the museum of quai Branly.
Review published in the newsletter #380 - from 19 March 2015 to 25 March 2015