Saturday, April 25, 2015 － Tuesday, June 30
Venue: Main building + Gallery 1, 2, Annex
Musée du quai Branly in Paris, located on the bank of the Seine River and designed by architect Jean Nouvel, has been attracting attention from around the world since it first opened its doors in 2006, and has quickly become established as one of the city‘s cultural highlights. This exhibition draws on the museum’s treasure trove of rare and precious items collected from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas to explore the fascinating world of masks, and is the first large-scale exhibition of the musée du quai Branly collection to take place in Japan.
In putting on masks, people throughout history have come face to face with nature, allowing the invisible powers of gods and the spirits to transform them into performers, actors, storytellers. Masks belong in the liminal space between people, gifted with both physicality and the power for reflection, and the world surrounding them. In donning masks representing animals, gods or spirits, or perhaps characters in a story, and in the dancing and singing that frequently accompanies this act, the wearers become one with their masks. It is in this transformation of the wearers into hybrid entities, possessing the powers of both their selves and their masks (also therefore standing for otherness), that the doors to a yet-undiscovered realm are flung open. What the diverse masks from all across the world featured in this exhibition have in common is their breathtaking imaginative force, as made evident in the uniqueness of their shape, materials, or scale.
Laying bare the true fascination of this vital form of representation, the exhibition explores the true essence of the mask and what it means to us in today‘s world. (The exhibition comprises around 100 masks.)
Saturday, April 25－Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Main building + Gallery 1, Annex
The second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (5/13, 5/27, 6/10, 6/24)
10：00–18：00 (Last admission: 17:30)
College and vocational students: ¥960(¥760)
Junior high and high school students, and seniors (65 and over): ¥600(¥480)
・Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).
・Admission is free for elementary and younger students and for middle school students residing or going to schools in Tokyo.
・Admission is free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor's Certificate.
・Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.
・Pre-purchased tickets are available online from e+: http://eplus.jp
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, The Asahi Shimbun
Musée du quai Branly
Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the co-sponsorship of ：
Page top: Kifwebe Mask, Songye (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Top From Left: Noh Theatre Mask, Okina (Japan) Mid-20th century, Mask (Java, Indonesia) 19th century, Janus Mask, Ibo or Igala (Benue, Nigeria)
Bottom from Left: Ogbodo Enyi Mask, Igbo (Nigeria), Kavat Mask, Baining (Papua New Guinea), Kodiak Mask (Alaska) , Tzotzil Mask (Chiapas, Mexico) <★>
All works except for ★: © musée du quai Branly, photo Sandrine Expilly ★: © musée du quai Branly