This simple and practical guide is here to help you appreciate this new cultural enclave, in which collections that were formerly housed in the musée de l'Homme and the musée des arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie have been brought together. It begins with a portfolio section about this exceptional building designed by Jean Nouvel, and then it deals with the permanent collections, according the four great zones that constitute them: Oceania, Asia, Africa and the Americas. This guide also serves as an introduction to the artworks and cultures, to the peoples and civilisations, by relating ethnological aspects to artistic and representational aspects. The information is presented in an accessible manner, while also offering more detailed content. The main text is divided into sequences that relate to the artefacts in question; these include sections on transversal themes, on historical and geographical aspects, on an object or a technique that offer clues to understanding them, and maps.
The museum’s other functions and places also feature: the auditorium and médiathèque, as well as the services that are available to visitors: the restaurant, the bookshop, the garden and the terrace. In addition to its function as a guide and souvenir of moments spent at Quai Branly, this lavishly illustrated guidebook also provides a lively and comprehensible introduction to the art and culture of continents which constitute the Quai Branly Museum’s very reason for existing.
This guidebook was written by the museum’s team of curators and by internationally recognised specialists.
308 pages 13 cm x 21 cm format
150 colour illustrations
price : 15 €
English edition : ISBN 2-915133-19-0
Published by the musée du quai Branly