Friday, 1 April 2011

Musée du quai Branly, Paris

A couple of years ago me and my wife Sarah went to Paris, had a fantastic time, saw a lot of the sights, went on wanders off the beaten track, and managed to pack in a ludicrous amount in our time there. We visited the Eiffel Tower, the Catacombes, the Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge (there's a great metal / rock bar there called La Cantada 2), the Dali Museum, the Pompidou Centre, Pere Lachaise cemetery, the Louvre amongst others.

One of the places that really stood out for me was Musée du quai Branly, an absolutely magnificent museum that puts everywhere else I've ever been to shame. The permanent collections in there feature all manner of historical findings from thousands of years, from all over the entire world, ever little corner, from smaller, obscurer cultures, to things from right on our doorstep here in Europe, all fantastically laid out and presented, and a lot of quite unusual, fascinating things are shown around every corner.

One of the additional exhibitions was the 'Sex, death and sacrifice in the Mochica Religion', which was a lot of sculptures and artwork from the 1st to 8th Century from an area which is now the modern-day Peru.

You can download / read a PDF regarding the exhibition here

I'm not really mentioning this for any specific reason to be honest, all I am saying is, if you have an interest in anything to do with culture, history, the world around us, and you are visiting Paris, please, take a day out and go to this place, it will change your life.

NB:- The photography talent on these is Sarah, not me.

'NB' (for those that use it without actually knowing), means Nota Bene, it is Italian for 'Note Well', making you pay attention or also know...

Yeah, I'm gonna do that a lot! Hopefully we'll all learn 'stuff' on this journey.

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