Fondation BNP Paribas
The Fondation BNP Paribas, sponsor of the restoration of 12 Kanak masks from New Caledonia in the musée du quai Branly
In the context of its program “BNP Paribas for Art”, the Fondation BNP Paribas associates itself to the musée du quai Branly by bringing its support to the restoration of 12 Kanak masks from New Caledonia.
Constituting a very important group, this renowned collection is one of the most important in Europe. Large in size (from 80 to 200cm), these rare and impressive masks were the objects of a number of studies by French ethnologists.
By supporting this restoration campaign, the Fondation BNP Paribas permits the preservation of a unique heritage, of which the musée de quai Branly is the caretaker. The restoration of these masks is a necessary prerequisite for their presentation amongst the permanent collections of the museum, in which there is a place dedicated to Kanak culture. As for the complete presentation, it will be made possible in 2013-2014, upon the occasion of the exhibition in preparation with New Caledonia, of which these masks will make up a major part.
About the Fondation BNP Paribas
Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the Fondation BNP Paribas is dedicated to preserving and making known the richness of museums, encouraging artists and performers in disciplines poorly supported by corporate sponsorship, and financing medical research programs in state-of-the-art sectors. The Fondation BNP Paribas supports in addition projects in favor of education, integration, and handicapped. A reference in the field of sponsorship within the group, in close liaison with the group of networks in France and abroad, the Fondation BNP Paribas develops its programs by accompanying each of its partners for the duration.
For more information on the Fondation Paribas, visit www.mecenat.bnpparibas.com