Aesthetics of the Amur River

Decorative arts of Far-Eastern Siberia

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Among the spectacular Asian collections of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, the ancient objects collected in the regions of Far-Eastern Siberia at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, showcasing the interaction between humans, the wilderness and the spiritual world, are of particular interest.

The exhibition presents the decorative art of the peoples of the Amur, giving meaning to the specific ontological construction of these peoples in their relationship with the visible and invisible world. From protective dresses made of fish skin to ritual accessories adorned with symbolic scrolls and spirals, to everyday objects combining materials and natural ornaments boasting a raw refinement: these eclectic and unknown objects from the basin of the Amur River offer both aesthetic elegance and ethnographic interest. Today they are counted among the jewels of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac collection.

  • Exhibition curator: Mrs Daria Cévoli, Head of Asian collections at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
  • Number of works: 90
  • Surface area required: 600 - 800 m²
  • Catalogue of the exhibition available (167 pages, Co-published by musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac – Flammarion, 2015)

This exhibition has been presented at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac from November 3rd 2015 to January 17th 2016

View of the exhibition at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac (c) musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Léo Delafontaine

Exhibition Views

  • Paris, 2016

Paris, 2016

© musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, photo Léo Delafontaine