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BRAFA ART TALKS 2014 – Helene Joubert – Histoire des acquisitions des collections africaines du Musée du quai Branly

The Lecture

The development of the sub-Saharan African collections at the Musée du quai Branly: tracing trends and policies in the history of acquisitions; A catalogue of works from the African collections of the Musée du quai Branly accompanies this talk that will retrace the history of acquisitions in France from 1878, when the Ethnographic Museum opened in the Trocadéro, to the present day. The Musée du quai Branly has been quick to follow in the footsteps of the Louvre, Beaubourg and the Musée d’Orsay, and now enjoys worldwide recognition for the richness and diversity of its collections, the quality of its exhibitions and the number of visitors it attracts each year. The museum’s reputation stems primarily from the geographic and cultural breadth of its collections. These have been created and enriched over the years by the individual and collective efforts of explorers, adventurers, businessmen, missionaries, soldiers, administrators, ethnologists, researchers, collectors, art-lovers, curators and art dealers, who have all contributed to the museum’s unique character, and its firm position in 19th to 21st century history.


The Speaker

Hélène JOUBERT is the head curator responsible for the African Heritage Collections of the Musée du quai Branly, Paris.

Useful links : 

Musée du Quai Branly website

Amis du Musée du Quai Branly website :


Date : January 25, 2014

Location : Brussels

Organization : BRAFA art and antique Fair – BIAPAL

Partners : Brussels Airlines – The Plaza Hotel – Tribal Art Magazine – Service culturel de l’ambassade de France