Masks

Beauty of the spirits

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Bahreïn, 2008
View of the exhibition in Bahrain, 2008
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The exhibition presents a prestigious selection of masks from the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac's collection. Theses pieces which come from the anciant musée de l'Homme's collection and from the musée national des arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie's collection includes major old works as well as more recent pieces which underlines the permanence of the use of mask in traditionnal societies.

The exhibition offers to the public numerous aspects of the diversity of materials and uses attributed to masks. More generally, the journey shows how different cultures of the world have shaped the faces of deities and spirits in order to enter into contact with the forces of the invisible.

Through a selection of about 100 masks, the exhibition reveals a variety of forms that bring into play magical and invisible forces emanating from the human face, as well as the comedy and drama of our relationship to the unknown and the invisible.

  • Exhibition curator: M. Yves Le Fur, Director of Collections and Heritage at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
  • Number of works: 100
  • Surface area required: 600 - 800 m²
  • Catalogue of the exhibition available, English and French versions (144 pages, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac's Edition)

 This exhibition has been presented at:

Views of the exhibition

  • Vue de l'exposition © DR
  • Vue de l'exposition © National Museum of China
  • Vue de l'exposition © National Museum of China
  • Vue de l'exposition au Carré Plantagenêt du Mans © Musées du Mans
  • Vue de l'exposition © photo DR
  • Vue de l'exposition © photo DR
  • Vue de l'exposition au Carré Plantagenêt du Mans © Musées du Mans
  • Vue de l'exposition au Carré Plantagenêt du Mans © Musées du Mans
  • Vue de l'exposition au Carré Plantagenêt du Mans © Musées du Mans
  • Masque © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Sandrine Expilly
  • Masque, Collection Océanie MQB
  • Masque, Collection Afrique MQB
  • Masque, Collection Afrique MQB
  • Masque, Collection Amériques MQB

Bahreïn, 2008

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