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, a restaurant 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.
In Their Native Forests - Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa
From 3 October 2017 to 21 January 2018
From 3 October 2017 to 21 January 2018, the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac is showing an exhibition on the Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa.
The African art and culture of the Fang, Tsogo, Punu, Mpongwe, Vili and Kwele people, who are present in an extensive region encompassing the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Southern Cameroon and the West of the Republic of Congo, have been exchanged and shaped in the course of the migrations of these populations. This fascinating exhibition explores the similarities in the many artworks produced from the 17th to the 20th century, their creativity and originality, as well as the characteristics that remain significant and singular from one ethnic group to another.
Masterpieces in wood, shell, metal or plant fibres, reliquary statues and masks from West Africa captured the hearts of European artists such as Guillaume Apollinaire or Pablo Picasso. Widely disseminated by collectors, these pieces played a vital part in the construction of Europe’s view of African art.
The exhibition In Their Native Forests presents an ensemble of 300 pieces, for the most part from the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. An exceptional opportunity to explore a unique heritage and enjoy some rarely-shown works.
Before the Incas - Gods and Kings in Ancient Peru
From 14 November 2017 to 1st April 2018
Mochica, Cupisnique and Chimú were just three of the amazing cultures that existed in Peru in pre-Hispanic times, but that have since been overshadowed, in the popular imagination, by the fame of the powerful Inca civilization.
Some 1,500 years ago, these peoples began to lay the foundations of political systems in which religious beliefs anchored the power structure. They built temples and palaces, and their rulers and priests played both political and religious roles.
Showcasing nearly 300 pieces, including some unique ceramics as well as ornaments and religious artefacts, Le Pérou avant les Incas (Before the Incas – Gods and Kings in Ancient Peru) offers valuable insights into the now-forgotten cultures of Northern Peru. These beautifully displayed archaeologicalfinds enable us to understand the exercise of power and the importance of religion within these societies well before the Spanish conquest.
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.