Pavillon des Sessions
Portraits croisés, at the Pavillon des sessions
Portraits croisés, photographs of the musée du quai Branly
From 23/09/09 to 30/11/09
Pavillon des Sessions – annexe of the musée du quai Branly at the Louvre
Curators : Yves Le Fur, Director of the Heritage and Collections Department and Christine Barthe, Scientific Manager of the Heritage Unit of the photographic collections at the musée du quai Branly.
For this 2nd edition of PHOTOQUAI, the musée du quai Branly is presenting at the Pavillon des Sessions the exhibition Portraits croisés, photographs of the musée du quai Branly: a selection of portraits from its photographic collection, old anonymous works or those by well-known artists (Pierre Verger, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roland Bonaparte…), from the end of the XIXth century until the 1960's.
The aim of this exhibition is to show a selection of portraits from the photographic collection of the musée du quai Branly and to reveal their beauty, as much the beauty of the subject as that of the work itself. It also aims to directly confront these works with those presented at the Pavillon des Sessions, accounts of the people or societies represented in the prints.
The original photographs are presented on lecterns in the middle of the works of the permanent collection of the Pavillon des Sessions, in a very simplified scenography, thematically organised by continent.
This exhibition presents numerous previously unseen images from the photographic collection of the musée du quai Branly, notably the originals of famous images (Mangbetu woman of the Citroën mission…)
Works by :
Roland Bonaparte, Hugues Krafft, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Claude Levi-Strauss, Frank Christol, John William Lindt, Da Cruz, Dandoy, Alfred Marche, Edmond Demaître, Jacques-Philippe Potteau, Géo Fourrier, Paul Rey et Maurice Vidal Portmann, Georges Marie Haardt et Louis Audouin-Dubreuil, Pierre Verger, Johnston et Hoffman
The Pavillon des Sessions
Inaugurated in April 2000, the Pavillon des Sessions – annexe of the musée du quai Branly at the Louvre - , situated between the Flore wing and the Denon wing, Porte des Lions, exhibits 120 sculptural masterpieces from all around the world in the heart of one of the largest classical fine art museums in the world. The opening of the Pavillon des Sessions marked an important turning point in the history of the West's outlook on the arts and civilisations of Africa,
Asia, Oceania and the Americas, that is to say three quarters of humanity and six thousand years of world history...
If the architecture of the place is perfectly integrated into the Louvre, it does not foreshadow the main principles which governed the design of the musée du quai Branly. Thus, the four main geographical areas are present and interact.