Vue de l'exposition "Au nord de Sumatra, les Batak"
19 Feb 2008 11 May 2008

In North Sumatra: the Batak

The public is invited to discover a collection of remarkable artefacts created by the Batak - a people long cut off from contact with the West.

About the exhibition

Deeply immersed in ancestral customs connected to the mythology of the origin of the world and natural forces, the Batak live in the north of the island of Sumatra, in a mountainous region cut through by steep valleys. The works on display (acquired from the former Barbier-Mueller collection in Geneva) give a fascinating glimpse of daily life among the Batak: living conditions, rituals, everyday utensils. Highly finished works, created with an evident care for ornamentation, the artefacts in the exhibition invite the visitor to lose themselves in the intricacy of their detail, to share in the secrets they contain.

  • Categorie : Exhibitions
  • curatorial team

    • Pieter Ter Keurs, curator for Insular Southeast Asia at the National Museum of Ethnology of Leiden.
    • Constance de Monbrison, head of the musée du quai Branly's Insulindia collections.
  • Place:   Galerie Jardin
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Tuesday 19 February 2008 at Sunday 11 May 2008
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday:  11:00 am-07:00 pm
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  11:00 am-09:00 pm
  • Public:   All publics