Paris, 10 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
This year, the Musée du Quai Branly is celebrating its fifth anniversary and has organized a festive weekend from Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2011.
The Musée du Quai Branly was conceived by Jacques Chirac, the former President of France. The building and grounds were designed by architect Jean Nouvel, landscape artist Gilles Clément and botanist Patrick Blanc. On 20 June 2006, Jacques Chirac and Kofi Annan inaugurated the 250,000 square meters of exhibition space built a few metres from the Eiffel Tower.
The Musée du Quai Branly houses the collections of the Musée de l’Homme and the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, now known as the Palais de la Porte Dorée. When the museum opened in 2006, it already boasted 275,000 objects.
In its five-year existence, the museum has had highly positive results and welcomed more than seven million visitors and according to the website Artclair, attendance has increased by 7.8%. In its short existence, the institution has become one of the most popular museums in France and the outlook is thus rosy.
French daily newspaper Libération reports that the former French President’s wish has been fulfilled: tribal art has found its place in French society.
The museum’s anniversary is the ideal occasion to celebrate its success and several activities have been planned for the weekend of 24 to 26 June. All the public and temporary exhibitions – “Maya”, “Dogon” and “La Fabrique des Images” (The Making of Images)- will be open to the public free of charge and a jazz concert, conferences and workshops have also been planned.
The Musée du Quai Branly will be inaugurating its next exhibition “Maya de l’aube au crepuscule” (Maya from Dawn to Dusk) on 21 June. After the summer holidays, the museum will be hosting “E Tu Ake – Trésors maoris” (E Tu Ake – Maori Treasures) and “Samouraï” (Samurai).