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The musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, named after the former French President
who commanded its creation, is definitely what a 21 st century European temple dedicated
to works from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas should look like. If you look at it from
the Seine, it is covered with many different types of exotic plants, defying the laws of
gravity. From the other side of the building, Rue de l’Université, you can grasp a glimpse of
the warm coloured cubic shapes spreading from the facade, like curious mushrooms that
would have been planted on the horizontal wall. In the courtyard, you’ll have to wind
through a ruffled garden, in the shade of impressive columns, dice, circles, open spaces
and crowded spaces. Colossal. Spectacular. Bold. All this right next to the Eiffel Tower and
designed by famous Jean Nouvel.
Created in 2006, this titanic space welcomes the former ethnologic collections of the
Musée de l’Homme (Museum of Man) and Museum of African and Oceanic Arts located
Porte Dorée (the now called Immigration Museum). In a desert-like atmosphere, with the
typical colours and rough shapes of the Colorado desert, we travel through different
continents and centuries, meeting treasures from the other side of the globe, including some anthropomorphic dogon statue from 10 th century Mali, masks from Gabon, Vietnamese tunics, Aztec figurines or feathered costumes from Peru. The museum hosts a vast and rich permanent collection, as well as several temporary exhibitions throughout the year, dedicated to contemporary art and the promotion of these far away lands’ civilizations.