METROPOLE Gestion and METROPOLE Solidarité
The patronage of METROPOLE Gestion
The mask of "The Man-from-the-moon"
The supported project
An Inuit mask, extraordinary owing to its oldness, its ethnological worth and its symbolic value, from the Robert Lebel collection has come into the collections of the musée du quai Branly with the help of the company METROPOLE Gestion. This Yup'ik mask known as "The Man-from-the-Moon", is a part of a remarkable array of North-American objects collected by the surrealists, André Breton, Georges Duthuit, Max Ernst and their friend Claude Lévi-Strauss during their American exile. METROPOLE Gestion brought in its assistance in 2006 for the acquisition of the mask and continued honouring its commitment in 2007 by contributing to the museographic installation of the mask at the very core of the spaces earmarked for permanent collections in the Americas section.
The sense of commitment
The ancestral values of various civilizations undoubtedly constitute the base for all human adventures.The very history of this mask shows how much it has influenced our culture.METROPOLE Gestion, an independent portfolio management company wished to contribute towards acquisition of this Yup'ik mask known as "The Man-from-the-Moon" in order to allow a better understanding of these arts and cultures". By this action, METROPOLE Gestion wishes to affirm its commitment in the dissemination of knowledge and cultures.
the patronage of the METROPOLE Solidarité association
Actions aimed at visitors in the margins of cultural practices are central to the museum and its values. Making the museum accessible to everyone is a long-term objective.
Having implemented a partnership with the town of Montreuil over a period of four months, the museum chose to continue this project following the start of the school year. The METROPOLE Solidarité association, supported by METROPOLE Gestion, has supported the museum in this project.
On Monday 31 October 2011, the museum was thus able to open its doors to 180 children and their escorts from 15 leisure centres in the Town of Montreuil, in the context of a special cultural mediation event. The children were invited to a narrated event on the theme of Oceania in the foyer of the Claude Lévi-Strauss theatre and on tours of the collections and workshops on the theme of Tiki, in parallel with the exhibition "Māori – Their treasures have a soul".