Musée du Quai Branly, Paris
June 22 through March 10, 2011
55 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
T. +33 1 56 61 70 00
www.quaibranly.fr

The Musée du Quai Branly showcases 170 major works and eighty documents as part of an important exhibition devoted to the artistic traditions of Central Africa, namely Gabon, the People’s Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a cross-disciplinary reading of the sculptures from West to East, the exhibition underlines the unity of the artistic productions of the different communities sharing the same modes of thought and expression and reveals their transformations from forested areas to the southern savannahs.

The exhibition has been developed in three large sequences, preceded by an introduction on the geography and history of this geographic zone. In each section, documents – photographs, videos, drawings – illustrate the idea by showing the works in their original context and by providing an illumination on the history and historiography of these artistic forms.