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Quai Branly Museum in Paris keeps a collection of Vanuatu arts

The Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, located in Paris, France, is a museum featuring the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

The museum has preserved some of the finest arts from Vanuatu and among them are several valuable slit gongs (tamtam) from Ambrym and Malekula.

Musée du quai Branly

According to Wikipedia, the museum collection comprises more than a million objects (ethnographic objects, photographs, documents, etc.), of which 3,500 are on display at any given time, in both permanent and temporary thematic exhibits.

Following the tradition of French presidents building museums as monuments to their time in office, as exemplified by Presidents Georges Pompidou (Centre Georges Pompidou); Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (Musée d’Orsay) and François Mitterrand (Grand Louvre), the project for a new museum celebrating the arts of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania was brought to completion by President Jacques Chirac.

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