12 March – 7 July 2019
250 years after James Cook’s first voyage, the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac presents for the first time in France the exhibition Oceania; an invitation on a journey through the Pacific to discover the 25,000 islands that make up the Oceanian continent, including New Guinea, Easter Island, Hawaii and New Zealand. Exploring culture, arts, languages, colonization, evangelization and climate change, Oceania shines a spotlight on what unites these peoples and their treasures.
This exhibition is split into four sections. In the first, 200 works and documentaries recount the history of these islands with the theme of a voyage exploring the Pacific. The second section focuses on the unique roots, architecture and rituals of the islands’ different populations, while the third explores the art resulting from the contact between Oceanian and Western cultures. Finally, the exhibition closes on the theme of memory, an essential element in the understanding and evolution of Oceanian peoples’ cultural identities.
An exceptional exhibition remarkably highlighting the linguistic and cultural diversity of these islands.
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
The Musee du quai Branly in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower is undoubtedly one of the premier cultural institutions of Paris. Instantly recognizable because of its lush plant wall designed by the botanist Patrick Blanc, it opened in 2006, and focuses on non-European cultures. Boasting a theatre, a reading room, a cinema, 2 restaurants and a bookshop, the building designed by the famed architect Jean Nouvel is situated in grounds resembling a cultivated wilderness, and its 2-hectare garden is a pleasant spot in which to relax after the visit.
The permanent collection and temporary expositions at the Musée du quai Branly pay homage to the wealth of traditional arts and educate visitors about their significant contribution to world heritage. With an extraordinarily rich collection of 700,000 photographs and 300,000 artefacts and objects – musical instruments, fabrics, clothing – from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas, the museum takes visitors on an eclectic and fascinating voyage of discovery into the cultures of distant lands across the centuries.
The temporary exhibitions at the quai Branly offer a highly original perspective on the cultures that make up their themes. They are offset against contemporary Western civilization to make them more familiar and accessible, while preserving the mystical aspect that makes them endlessly fascinating.
Open daily except Monday: from 11am to 7pm (ticket desks close at 6pm)
Evening openings until 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (ticket desks close at 8pm)
Closed on 25 December and 1 May
Garden opening times: from 9.15am to 7.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday and from 9.15am to 9.15pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.