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A beautiful space created by French architect Jean Nouvel in a beautiful location not far from the Eiffel Tower, this recent museum, opened in 2006, features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.
Before entering you have to go through a big garden with bamboo and wild plants. Standing there the "green wall" (200m long by 12m high) is part of the exterior of the museum designed and planted by Gilles Clément and Patrick Blanc.
The museum contains the collections of the now-closed Musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie and the ethnographic department of the Musée de l'Homme. The museum contains 267,000 objects in its permanent collection, of which 3,500 items from the collection are on display.
The Quai Branly has chosen to exhibit works from Oceania in terms of their geographical origin, highlighting at the same time a range of themes running through the Pacific regions represented from historic collections made by 19th century travellers and ethnographic missions.
The museography of the African collections are provided with two possible approaches: a geographical itinerary, and a more thematic itinerary.
In the Asian collection, the itinerary is created from east to west across the continent, the journey is organised around a central bay made up of four large display cases presenting costumes evocative of the many peoples inhabiting the region. This rich series of exhibits is ample illustration of the continent’s cultural diversity, and also of social life, art and its symbolism, and styles of dress both past and present