At the intersection of anthropology, the history of ancient and contemporary art, fashion and manners, the exhibition examines individual issues of intimacy and sociability through the universal theme of hair.
About the exhibition
It begins by addressing the idea that individuals and social groups display personality through hairstyle. This is presented first in terms of frivolity: competing blonds, brunettes or redheads, straight or frizzy depicted in a wide range of classical paintings, sculptures and author photographs. Comparing the coquetries of Papua New Guinea, those of the beautiful urban African or haute coiffure artists, the exhibition moves towards the idea of a human material to be shaped and sculpted, a medium both for knowledge and the relativity of beauty but also an object of loss, a symbol of passing time, illness and death.
Physical memories, relics, talismans, hair retains the aura and energy of its owner. A large part of the exhibition is devoted to these mana which have given birth, in the world, to many "magical" objects or artefacts endowed with powers that we can appropriate. The issue of remains and of trophies is thus examined and more broadly the status of particular "objects" that straddle the borders between the exasperating and the unbearable. As a result, our own categories are questioned on the basis of universal experience.
- Yves Le Fur, Directeur du département du Patrimoine et des collections du musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
- Place: Mezzanine ouest
From Tuesday 18 September 2012 at Sunday 14 July 2013
Closed on mondayTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am-07:00 pmThursday: 10:30 am-10:00 pm
- Public: All publics
- Categorie : Exhibitions