Madagascar is a country that continues to fascinate people because of its odd place in history, geography, and culture. The island nation lies to the East of the African continent and while it is undoubtedly African in many ways, there are many other cultural and geographical influences on this land. Migrants came here from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East – so to relocate, others to trade. This blend of peoples, languages, and traditions made Madagascar one of the most diverse, unique nations in the world.
As with most cultures, this sense of identity and way of life as often best expressed through the artwork that it generates. The nation has created some extraordinary pieces over the centuries that are deeply tied to both the land and the origins of its inhabitants. The pieces say as much as about the island as an independent entity as they do about the people that influenced and created them.
Paris art lovers can now see this for themselves at an exhibition dedicated to the nation. The show contains a broad selection of work from across different eras and mediums. This includes older paintings and sculptures, as well as more modern works and photography. Some of the more interesting pieces include textiles, amulets, and wooden sculptures.
The exhibition has been curated by the head of the Africa Collections and the Pavillon des Sessions at the Musée du Louvre and can be viewed at the Galerie Jardin of Musée du quai Branly. The show may be well into its run, but the good news is that it continues until the 1st of January. This means that there is plenty of time to see this stunning, exotic works over the winter season. This is a show like no other and a great contrast to all the other festive experiences we can enjoy this December. Visitors are, therefore, encouraged to make the most of it while they can.
Aurélien Gaborit, head of the Africa Collections and the Pavillon des Sessions (musée du Louvre).
From Tuesday 18 September 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019
Musée du quai Branly,
Quai Branly, Paris, France
Opening hours and days:
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: from 11:00 am to 07:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: from 11:00 am to 09:00 pm
Garden Gallery temporary exhibition ticket
Full price: 10,00 €
Reduce rate: 7,00 €
Full price: 12,00 €
Reduce rate: 9,00 €