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Christophine Erignac

adjointe au Directeur

Camille Assouline

chargée de développement 

Acquisition and restoration of works of art

Acquisition and restoration of works of art

The restoration workshop, Septembre 2012 © musée du quai Branly, photo by Cyril Zannettacci - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
The restoration workshop, September 2012 © musée du quai Branly, photo by Cyril Zannettacci

The opening of the Pavillon des Sessions at the musée du Louvre in 2000 followed by the inauguration of the musée du quai Branly six years later were both major turning points in the manner in which the West views the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. To continue exploring the full historical depth of the cultures presented, the huge range of meanings attached to the various items and the quality of the proposed museographical features, the Museum has made it a priority to constantly improve its Collections. We are keen to give patrons and sponsors a major role to play in safeguarding and enhancing this impressive heritage by giving them the chance to contribute to the acquisition or restoration of these items which, selected by some of the greatest experts, are truly remarkable for both their scientific and artistic values. The acquired works of art become part of our permanent Collections in addition to further improving the quality of our temporary exhibitions. They are also the focus of publications and research work. The various projects involve budgets from a few thousand Euros up to several millions. Funding from corporate patrons is regularly needed for items classified as “National Treasures” or “Works of major public interest”.

International cooperation projects

As a benchmark for non-European arts in France, the Museum is involved in cooperation projects with numerous partners throughout the world. Most of the Museum’s temporary exhibitions are meant to be exported not only in other Western countries’ museums, but also and particularly in the museums located in the Collection’s country of origin.