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Crédit Agricole CIB patron of the musée du quai Branly

In 2009, Crédit Agricole CIB became a patron of the musée du quai Branly. The Bank supported three exhibitions: the photography biennial "PHOTOQUAI" in 2009, the "Other Masters of India" exhibition in 2010, "SAMURAI, Armor of the warrior" in 2011, "Charles Ratton, the invention of "Primitive" art" in 2013 and "Plains Indians" in 2014.

Standing at the crossroads of civilisations, the musée du quai Branly invites visitors to an experience of discovery and delight. Crédit Agricole CIB is happy to partner with this ambassador for the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.


Plains Indians

From 8 April to 20 July 2014, the Bank is pursuing its commitment to the musée du quai Branly by supporting the "Plains Indians" exhibition. This exhibition offers visitors a glimpse into the life of America's Plains Indians and their ancestral traditions. With over 130 headdresses, jewelry items, articles of clothing, hides and paintings, visitors are transported into the legendary world of the Cheyenne and other indigenous peoples.  A must-see before this exceptional exhibition departs for the United States (Arkansas and New York).

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"Indiens des Plaines"© musée du quai Branly


Charles Ratton, the invention of "Primitive" art

The musée du quai Branly is hosting its first exhibition dedicated to Charles Ratton (1897-1986) from 25 June to 22 September 2013. Charles Ratton was an art expert, dealer and collector who changed the history of the way “primitive” or tribal art was received in France and the United States by shifting its status from anthropological study objects to works of art, then masterpieces.

Over 200 works of art (tribal, ancient and Asian art and avant-garde works) and historic documents retrace Ratton's career in France and the United States. The dealer showed militant enthusiasm for his work. The exhibition portrays Ratton's friendship with surrealists André Breton and Paul Eluard, his photographic association with Man Ray, the major role he played alongside Jean Dubuffet in defining outsider art, and his links with the leading collectors of his time.

The exhibition curator is Philippe Dagen - author, art historian and professor of contemporary art history at the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne.

                     
Pendant © musée du quai Branly, photo Hughes Dubois
 


A partnership for world cultures

Standing at the crossroads of civilisations, the musée du quai Branly invites visitors to an experience of discovery and delight. Crédit Agricole CIB is happy to partner with this ambassador for the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

This partnership naturally draws its inspiration from Crédit Agricole CIB’s past. Founded as the Banque de l’Indochine in 1875, this Crédit Agricole CIB forerunner set up branches in many Asia-Pacific countries. Buoyed by the wealth of these cultures, the Bank then expanded to other continents, enjoying another period of rapid growth in 1996 when it joined Crédit Agricole Group.

 
Crédit Agricole has taken a different path. Firmly rooted in France, it has built a multinational Group in more than 70 countries over the years, creating dialogue between nations and cultures from all over the world. Its Corporate and Investment Banking arm shares its values of open-mindedness and cultural exchange. Operating worldwide, Crédit Agricole CIB has found a true reflection of its values in the musée du Quai Branly, “where cultures meet in dialogue”.
 
Three years after it opened, the museum continues its commitment to classic collections while providing a significant role for contemporary art. Serving as a bridge between peoples and eras, the museum cultivates the diversity of cultures, histories and religions.
 
Crédit Agricole CIB sees the museum’s philosophy and exhibitions as a reflection of its own past.
 
It is particularly vital that a company affirm its social responsibility during difficult economic times and make it a key focus of its strategy. Crédit Agricole CIB is strongly committed to culture and education as alternative ways to express its values to employees and customers. In addition to corporate and investment banking, Crédit Agricole CIB is also a citizen’s bank devoted to the country’s cultural heritage.


Exploring the musée du quai Branly

Inaugurated in June 2006, the musée du quai Branly shines a spotlight on the arts and civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, which stand at the crossroads of many different cultural, religious and historic influences.

Situated by the Seine riverside, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the  musée du quai Branly shelters a collection of 300,000 works native from four represented continents, to which is added a collection of 700,000 photos, 320,000 documents and 10,000 musical instruments.
 
The public has access to a 500-seat theater, a projection room, several classrooms, a reading room and a media library with a cubicle for viewing precious collections.



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"SAMURAI, Armor of the warrior", an exceptional collection

From 8th November, 2011, to 29th January, 2012, the musée du quai Branly presented the "SAMURAI, Armor of the warrior" exhibition.

For the first time in Europe, the musée du quai Branly presented the exceptional collection of samurai armor from The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Through 140 objects including complete suits of armor, helmets, weapons and horse caparisons, the public was able to discover the world of ancient Japan and the role played by the samurai warrior in Japanese culture between the 12th and 19th centuries.


Warabe Tosei Gusoku (men's armor) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: 
The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers

Samurai belonged to the intellectual elite of Japanese society and practiced disciplines often contrasting with the violence of the art of combat, such as calligraphy, poetry and literature. Their armorers worked as artists creating beautiful pieces, most with delicate details, which were also capable of protecting the samurai in the most violent of battles.

The armor of the ancient Japanese warriors, in particular helmets of lacquered metal adorned with crests often inspired by nature, had a duty to report the status of the warrior, differentiate each samurai from another, and also frighten the enemy on the battlefield.

Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, collector and samurai armors' connoisseur, was the curator of this exhibition.


"Other Masters of India - Contemporary creations of the Adivasis": an original exhibition on Indian civilisation

The musée du quai Branly presented the "Other Masters of India - Contemporary creations of the Adivasis" exhibition from March 30 to July 18, 2010.

 
This exhibition presented the most representative material, day-to-day, artistic and religious productions of the Adivasi Indian populations, "Adivasi" meaning "firts inhabitants" in Sanskrit.

For the first time in France, the public had an opportunity to explore the artistic richness of the first inhabitants of this continent-country. Through utilitarian and sacred objects through an important but still highly unrecognised part of the contemporary popular art scene in India.
This was an exceptional exhibition combining photographs, sculptures, and votive and mythological artifacts, as well as objects used in daily life.

 
Statuette representing an elephant © musée du quai Branly,
picture Michel Urtado, Thierry Ollivier


As visitors moved through the exhibition, which included around 15 sequences, they learnt about “Adivasi” art in three areas:

  • representations of Adivasi India, illustrating the tribal situation in India during the colonial, postcolonial and contemporary periods by showcasing texts, maps and photographs,
  • different peoples, through eleven macrocosms each corresponding to a different set of people,
  • contemporary artists, with Jivya Soma Mashe (Warli tribe /Thane district) and Jangarh Singh Shyam (Gond people, Madhya Pradesh). Their works are showcased in a monographic fashion.
Serving as exhibition curators were:
  • Jyotindra Jain, curator in India, historian and anthropologist specialised in Indian popular cultures,
  • Jean-Pierre Mohen, curator in Paris, Ph.D. in prehistory and general heritage curator.
 
The exhibition’s scientific advisor was Vikas Harish, art historian, museologist and expert in Indian art and related texts.


PHOTOQUAI: a biennial festival of world photography

From September 22 to November 22, 2009, the musée du quai Branly presented the second PHOTOQUAI, a biennial event dedicated to non-Western photography. The exhibition, located on the Quai Branly alongside the museum, is held in partnership with other cultural institutions.

In 2009, the PHOTOQUAI exhibited the works of 50 contemporary photographers from around the world. Unknown or little known in Europe, they come from the major regions represented in the musée du quai Branly's collections: North, Central and South America, Asia, Oceania, Africa and the greater Middle East.
 



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                    © Daniela Edburg © musée du quai Branly, Photoquai 2009


The 2009 festival sought to ensure continuity between the exhibition on the quays along the musée du quai Branly (open access) and the temporary exhibitions inside the museum, its branch at the Louvre – the Pavillon des Sessions – and its partner institutions. This year, the museum’s West Mezzanine is honoring Iranian photography with the exhibition “165 years of Iranian photography”, housed amid the permanent collections.
 
Art director for the second biennial PHOTOQUAI festival was Anahita Ghabaian Etehadieh, Iranian founder and owner of the Silk Road Gallery, the only establishment in her country dedicated exclusively to photography.



Poster of the Charles Ratton, the invention of 'Primitive' art exhibition
Twins © musée du quai Branly, photo Patrick Gries, Valérie Torre
Mask. Charles Ratton former collection. Guy Ladrière, Paris © musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain
Pendant © musée du quai Branly, photo Hughes Dubois
Zemi sculpture. Charles Ratton former collection. Guy Ladrière, Paris © musée du quai Branly, photo Claude Germain
Poster of the 'SAMURAI: Armor of the warrior' exhibition © musée du quai Branly
Yokohagio Tosei Gusoku Armor © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Warabe Tosei Gusoku (men's armor) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Sujibachi Kabuto (helmet) and Menpo (half-helmet) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Tengu Tosei Gusoku armor © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Suneate (Shin pad) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Hoshi Sujibachi kabuto (helmet) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Kaji Kabuto (fireman's helmet) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Yumi dai (arch tool) © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, photo Brad Flowers
Armor's new type Okegawado Tosei Gusoku © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai collection, Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet Photographies, Genève
Poster of the 'Other Masters of India' exhibition © musée du quai Branly
Kondh Figurine © musée du quai Branly, picture Michel Urtado, Thierry Ollivier
Statuette of an elephant © musée du quai Branly, picture Michel Urtado, Thierry Ollivier
Votive figurine © musée du quai Branly, picture Michel Urtado, Thierry Ollivier
Ritual lamp © musée du quai Branly, picture Michel Urtado, Thierry Ollivier

Discover Charles Ratton, the invention of "Primitive" art

Discover Charles Ratton, the invention of 'Primitive' art

Discover "SAMURAI, Armor of the warrior"

Discover 'SAMURAI, Armor of the warrior'

"Other Masters of India - Contemporary creations of the Adivasis"

'Other Masters of India - Contemporary creations of the Adivasis'