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24 April

Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller

Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller, collectors with a keen eye, have always been extraordinarily curious and had an extremely good knowledge of arts from all around the world.

 

They expressed their interest in transmitting non-European collections and their desire to keep sets together in 1977 with the creation of the Barbier-Mueller museum in Geneva, which preserves and perpetuates the collections begun by Josef Mueller in 1907. They also expressed it with tight link to the Musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie (National museum of African and Oceania art), then to the Musée du quai Branly, whose gaps they pointed out and filled. (http://www.barbier-mueller.ch/)

 

The exceptional works given or sold by Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller to the Musée du quai Branly have risen to 1,228, of which 502 were donations.

 

On Tuesday, 11 March 2008 in the presence of the Minister of Culture and Communication during a very special evening, Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller,  gave two Olmec works to the Musée du Quai Branly (see the Americas section).

 

The donations by Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller to the Musée du quai Branly have enriched all of the collections from mixed geographical areas.

ceremonial sword - Click to enlarge, open in a new window

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ceremonial sword © musée du quai Branly

 

Africa

In 1996 and 1997, the Musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie bought 262 Nigerian sculptures from Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller.

Eight donations have completed this set of objects from Nigeria:         

 

  • a ceremonial sword
  • a pair of anthropomorphic Ogboni statuettes
  • a Yoruba horseman
  • an Ijo crested helmet
  • a Mumuye seat
  • an Ibo costume
  • a zoomorphic crested mask
  • a Yoruba bell

 

Two other donations complete the museum’s African collection:

 

  • a Baoule statuette (Ivory Coast), donated in 1994
  • an anthropomorphic Fon figurine (Benin), donated in 1996

 

 

Oceania

In 1999, Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller donated four very important pieces.

These works are exhibited in the Pavillon des Sessions, an outpost of the Musée du Quai Branly in the Louvre museum.

  • a pair of ana deo poles (Flores island)
  • a pole (Salomon islands)
  • a male sculpture (Nias island)
pair of Ana Deo poles from Flores island - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
pair of Ana Deo poles from Flores island © musée du quai Branly photo Hughes Dubois
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pole from the Salomon Islands - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
pole from the Salomon Islands © musée du quai Branly photo Hughes Dubois

In 2001, thanks to Jean Paul Barbier, the museum’s Malay Archipelago collection gained 692 objects from Indonesia and 120 from the Philippines.Half of these pieces are donations:

  • 112 textiles
  • 287 pieces of jewellery that are all exhibited in the museum’s permanent collection as treasure chests and jewellery displays
ifugao ear rings - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
ifugao ear rings © musée du quai Branly
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crown (Nias Island) - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
crown (Nias Island) © musée du quai Branly
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batak Karo bracelet - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
batak Karo bracelet © musée du quai Branly
  • a Pagar Batak statue
  • a Sigale-gale Batak puppet
men’s ceremonial robes - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
men’s ceremonial robes (Naga – Nagaland, Inde) /photo Patrick Gries / Valérie Torre© musée du quai Branly
house door - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
house door (Kalash - NWFP, Pakistan) / photo Patrick Gries

 

Asia

 

 

In 2001, 80 pieces donated by Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller completed the museum’s Asian collection, apart from four objects from Taiwan and a Kalash funeral effigy which were bought.

 

 

 

These donations include:

 

 

  • 69 Naga objects and jewellery sets (Nagaland, India)
  • a Kalash hat and dress (Kohistan, Pakistan)
  • a Kalash chair from Swat (NWFP, Pakistan)
  • two Kalash house poles, exhibited near the entrance to the Claude Lévi-Strauss theatre
  • a Kalash house door (NWFP, Pakistan), in the permanent collections
  • a bronze swing from Bastar (Chhattisgarh, India)

 

The Americas

In 2003, four pieces donated by Jean Paul Barbier were added to the museum’s Americas collection:

ivory statuette from Thule - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
ivory statuette from Thule © musée du quai Branly
  • Ivory statuette from Thule (Greenland)
  • Pomo wicker basket (California)
  • Panamint wickerwork (California)
  • Apache plate (North America)

 

In 2008, two Olmec pieces donated by Jean Paul Barbier and Monique Barbier-Mueller joined the Musée du quai Branly collections:

 

  • an Olmec terracotta figurine, Las Bocas, Mexico, (between 500 BC. and 400 AD). Height: 21 cm                              
  • an Olmec antigorite figurine of the “baby face” type, Mexico (1150 – 550 BC.). Height : 6,3 cm