24 Sep 2019 26 Jan 2020

20 Years of Collection Enrichment

Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac

How is a collection dedicated to non-European cultures and arts formed? What roadmap should a national museum at the crossroads of fine arts, ethnology and modern art follow? We take a look behind the scenes of an institution through twenty years of acquisitions.

About the exhibition

Questioning the very essence of a museum: why acquire works and who to display them to? What roadmap to follow? What role should it play in the sphere of national collections? These are the questions addressed by the exhibition 20 Years of Collection Enrichment. Seen through the lens of a dozen curators and professionals in the museum world, interspersed with a selection of around 500 works, this exhibition retraces an acquisition policy for the first time and takes visitors behind the scenes.

Since the creation of the Public Establishment status of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in 1998, more than 78,000 historic and contemporary pieces (graphic and photographic objects and works) have been added to the public collections, including major works and pieces that supplement an ensemble or that hold great historic significance. Carefully chosen acquisitions adding to a heritage spanning almost four centuries, bringing together the collections of the musée de l’Homme and the musée national des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie (MNAAO), guaranteeing a new perspective and renewed understanding for the non-European collections.


  • head curators

    • Yves Le Fur, Director, Department of Heritage and Collections, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris
    • Emmanuel Kasarhérou,  Deputy Director of the Heritage and Collections Department, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Paris

    associate curators by heritage unit (hu), musée du quai branly - jacques chirac

    • Christine Barthe
    • Gaëlle Beaujean
    • Pierre-Yves Belfils
    • Paul Emmanuel Bernard
    • Steve Bourget
    • Daria Cevoli
    • Hana Chidiac
    • Marie Ferrini
    • Sarah Frioux-Salgas
    • Aurélien Gaborit
    • Nicolas Garnier
    • Lucile Grand
    • Hélène Joubert
    • Annabelle Lacour
    • Stéphanie Leclerc-Caffarel
    • Sarah Lignier
    • Angèle Martin
    • Nicolas Menut
    • Constance de Montbrison
    • Paz Nuñez-Reguiero
    • Carine Peltier-Caroff
    • Fabienne de Pierrebourg
    • Julien Rousseau
    • Elodie Saget


      • Pascal Rodriguez
    • Place:   Galerie Jardin
    • TimeSlots:  
      From Tuesday 24 September 2019 at Sunday 26 January 2020
    • Closed on monday
      Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  10:30 am-07:00 pm
      Thursday:  10:30 am-10:00 pm
    • Accessibility:
      • Handicap visuel
      • LSF
      • Handicap auditif (sans T)
      • Handicap moteur
    • Public:   All publics
    • Categorie : Exhibitions