Paris, Musée Jacquemart-André

The Barbier-Mueller collection boasts an astonishing 5,500 works of African, Oceanic and Asian art that are shared between the family's two museums in Geneva and Barcelona. This five-month-long exhibition in Paris marks the first time the family has agreed to loan out 100 of its most rare and formidable works. On display are primitive artworks (statues, masks, totems, scepters, crests and combs) from Africa and Oceania, including unique pieces from the 12th century.

The history of the collection, spanning three generations of collectors, dates back to 1907 when Josef Mueller, then only 20, bought "La Jeune Fille à la Capucine" from the painter Cuno Amiet. Mueller's collection of African and Oceanic art quickly grew, and the works he bought in the 1920s are considered masterpieces today. His daughter Monique and son-in-law Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller inherited his passion for non-Western art and opened the Musée Barbier-Mueller in Geneva in 1977 and then in Barcelona 20 years later. Their son represents the third generation of collectors.

March 19 through August 24, 2008
158, boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris
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