Musée du Quai Branly

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Musée du Quai Branly

The birth of a museum is always an event, especially when it is honouring civilisations and first nations through their artistic and cultural expressions.

The President of the Republic, Mr. Jacques Chirac, inaugurated the musée du Quai Branly on June 20th. It was constructed by architect Jean Nouvel on an exceptional site at proximity from the Eiffel Tower.

Accueil du Président de la République par M. Stéphane Martin, président du musée (sur la gauche) et M. Jacques Friedmann, président d'honneur du musée (sur la droite). - JPEG

The cultural institution, unique in its own, is at once a museum, a cultural centre, and a research and teaching facility. The musée du Quai Branly will house the collections from the Musée des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie and those from the ethnological laboratory of the Musée de l’Homme, some 300.000 artefacts.

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The creation of the musée du Quai Branly bears witness to the importance that France gives to dialogue between cultures, as well as to cultural diversity. This new museum will help clarify what the President called “equal dignity of all cultures.”

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Canada, with its attachment to cultural diversity, a land itself originating from numerous cultures and civilisations, is a privileged partner of the new museum: 1.500 works originate from Canada.

The Ambassador presented the musée du Quai Branly during a reception at the residence.

Last modified on 16/01/2009

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