Madagascar - Musée du Quai Branly

I told you there would be plenty of great exhibitions to see in Paris this autumn. Madagascar, Arts de la Grande Ile, at Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac museum, is certainly one of them. 

Through more than 350 works of art selected for their historical, esthetic and ethnological interest, the exhibition helps understand how this island country located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, has developed over the years, from the ancient times up to now.

It's quite an event as it's the first major exhibition about Malagasy arts since 1946. There are three main sections. 

  • Madagascar in space and time. Before the Europeans settled in the 1500s, the island was, for many centuries, a forum of influences from African, Arabic, Indian and Southeast Asia regions. 
  • The Malagasy living world and everyday objects. I loved this part of the exhibition. I loved watching the small details in all these objects. 
  • The last part, and not the least, deals with the spirit world and the world of the dead ones. The installation ends with monumental colorful funerary works.

It's a very rich and interesting exhibition. I do recommend it.

Until January 1st, 2019
37, quai Branly 75007, Paris ou 218, rue de l’Université 75007, Paris
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 11am to 7pm - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am to 9pm 
Closed on Monday
A selection from the gift shop