Imagier of the museum

This volume reveals the extent and diversity of the museum’s permanent collections, while casting light on the influences, on the possible sources of reciprocal inspiration, and on the two-way exchanges between Western art and these collections.  These images are grouped by associations of forms. by aspect, by affinities regarding materials, motifs and functions, and with no regard for geographical zones.

While viewing these objects, a haiku, a proverb, a verse, a short extract from an author, Western or otherwise, sometimes on a transversal theme that relates to the collections – equally, you are just as likely to come across a quotation from Picasso or Stendhal, from a Siberian shaman, or from Rilke, Paz or Klee…

The photographs of these artworks sometimes focus on a significant detail, which allows the viewer’s gaze to move from the whole figure to a detail.

The Imagier offers a profoundly original and poetic meander through our collections.

This book was coordinated by Marine Degli, director of documentary studies at the Quai Branly Museum, and former assistant to Jacques Kerchache.


208 pages in 15 cm x 21 cm format
130 illustrations
price : 10 €
isbn 2-915133-23-9

Co-published by musée du quai Branly – Réunion des musées nationaux

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