"Summer Garden" was created with the patronage of the GDF SUEZ Foundation



Seek out codes and access multimedia content to find out more about the work of Gilles Clément, the museum garden's landscape architect.


for more about the museum garden, download the "Garden exploration guide"

summer garden: elogy to slowness

from June 2nd to September 2nd 2012

Take the time to live in harmony with nature.

Behind the glass palisade that protects the museum from the urban hum, at the heart of a unique garden, the activities of the "Summer Garden" invite you to take it easy and forget the sometimes frantic pace of Parisian life. Surrounded by the luxuriant, relaxing greenery that flourishes without limit, the Museum invites you to share its outdoor activities with your family or friends.

At the musée du quai Branly this summer, take on the speed and wisdom of the tortoise, the animal that inspired the layout of the garden designed by Gilles Clément, and take the time to explore a territory of new experiences.



Summer is a wonderful time to discover new cultural horizons as a family. Join our creative workshop where small and large alike can learn drawing from examples preserved in the museum's collections.

  • free access, subject to available places
  • Candi clearing, museum garden
  • every weekend in June from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and every day in July and August from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm (continuously)

With the support of  Canson

Eric Samakh © Victoria Klotz
Eric Samakh © Victoria Klotz



Sound artist and "hunter-gatherer", Erik Samakh employs nature and its sounds as the substrate for his artistic commitment. For more than 25 years he has been collecting this living material before altering, rearranging and transplanting it into original contexts. 

For the musée du quai Branly, Erik Samakh has developed a sound trail that stimulates disorientation. One installation, along the palisade, forms a barrier of sounds captured in the "zone of silence" – a bamboo forest – created by the artist in the southern French Alps. This white noise – the sound of the bamboo in the wind, the bird song – isolates the garden from the noise of the traffic. One way to respond to the eUlogy to slowness by removing the machines that oblige us to always travel more quickly. A second arrangement emits a layer of sound entities constructed on the basis of traditional instruments (Indian tambura) and extracts from the museum's sound collections (Pygmy, Inuit and Aborigine singing) which moves slowly from one place to another.

These polyphonic layers that mingle with the sounds of the garden and its environment invite the strolling visitor to leave the path and discover unknown areas, whether real or imagined.

The remixed sounds (slowed down or speeded up) that animate the garden come from different sources. An initial series result from sounds recorded by the artist in his "zone of silence": blackbirds, crickets, cuckoos, wind in the bamboos etc. A second series comes from the sound collections made by the artist during his travels and research such as the base line of the installation issuing from an electric tambura or, more rarely heard, the cry of Congolese pygmies imitating that of an antelope. Finally, the artist has selected a third series from the Museum's audio collections, in particular the sounds of the Papuan flute that punctuates the installation. 

The sound artist Amaury Tatibouët has worked with Erik Samakh on the spatialisation of the gard

Erik Samakh's website : www.documentsdartistes.org/artistes/samakh/repro.html

Amaury Tatibouët's website: www.iromatacreations.com

  • free
  • Museum gGrden
  • every day during museum opening hours, from June 2nd 2012 to September 2nd 2012
  • to make this artistic arrangement available to visitors with hearing difficulties, MP3 players that reproduce the tour's sound loops are available at the Museum reception desk (amplified sound and adaptation possible with hearing induction loops loaned at reception)
Pratiques amateurs. Juin 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photo Pomme Célarié
Taster sessions June 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photograph Pomme Célarié



This Summer, why not try out different forms of artistic creation or exercise in these taster sessions run by approved associations? Our taster sessions will provide you with a world tour of activities: Latin American tango, aerobics from India, games from Asia...

  • free access, subject to available places
  • theatre-in-the-green
  • Saturday 2nd, 9th, 30th June, 7th, 21st and 28th July at 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm

more about the taster session 2012 program

Les siestes électroniques @ Paris 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photo Pomme Célarié
Electronic siestas @ Paris 2011 © musée du quai Branly, photograph Pomme Célarié



Come and take your siesta while listening "horizontally" to exclusive DJ sets, each combining two artists.

For this special occasion, the Museum's Media Library opens its collection of music from the four corners of the world to guest DJs.

  • Sundays in July, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • theatre-in-the-green
  • free access, subject to available places

on the program:

July 1st: Plapla Pinky (Sonore) // Keith Fullerton Whitman (Kranky)
July 8th: Hicham Chadly // Alan Bishop (Sublime Frequencies)
July 15th : Sam Tiba (Club Cheval) // Jean Nipon (Sound Pellegrino)
July 22nd : Marc Teissier du Cros (Record Makers) // Doug Shipton (Finders Keepers Records)
July 29th: NLF3 (Prohibited Records) // Arandel (In-Finé)

more about the electronic siestas @ Paris

exhibition poster


Around the exhibition The Seductions of the Palate, the Museum invites you to a special weekend relating to Chinese gastronomy and culture, following the last Before event of the season.

  • free access, subject to available places
  • BEFORE July 6th from 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm
  • activities for the weekend of 7th-8th July between 2.30 pm and 6.00 pm

more about the BEFORE events program

more about the program for the weekend

Summer salon programme



This Summer, the Reading Room opens onto the garden.

Choose a book, a collection of cartoons or an album from the reading room; wander through the garden and settle yourself in the theatre-in-the-green for a good read; play Yoté or Bagh Chal beneath the rose arbour; listen to the musical reading by Arthur H or the music of Francis Bebey; listen to the stories of the great explorers read by young actors...

  • free access, subject to available places
  • Jacques Kerchache Reading Room and Museum Garden
  • more information about the Summer's Reading Room activities
  • from June 9th to July 29th, from 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm