Museum Of The World

Museum Of The World

Farewell Primitive
Episode 1  |  STUDIO  |  May 4, 2010

In May 2006 in Paris, former French President, Jaques Chirac, opened the world's first museum to acknowledge the inherent artistic value of indigenous art works. Founded on a belief "in the equal dignity of the world's cultures", Chirac said, "France wished to pay rightful homage to peoples to whom, throughout the ages, history has all too often done violence". For the first time what used to be referred to as primitive art, works from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the America's, found mostly until now in dusty natural history museums, have been given an ultra modern home in the Musee du Quai Branly, on the Seine adjacent to the Eiffel Tower. The design of the museum and its ceilings, floors and facades have drawn heavily on the work of contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists.

In May 2006 in Paris, former French President, Jaques Chirac, opened the world's first museum to acknowledge the inherent artistic value of indigenous art works. Founded on a belief "in the equal dignity of the world's cultures", Chirac said, "France wished to pay rightful homage to peoples to whom, throughout the ages, history has all too often done violence". For the first time what used to be referred to as primitive art, works from Oceania, Asia, Africa and the America's, found mostly until now in dusty natural history museums, have been given an ultra modern home in the Musee du Quai Branly, on the Seine adjacent to the Eiffel Tower. The design of the museum and its ceilings, floors and facades have drawn heavily on the work of contemporary Australian Aboriginal artists.

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