Kanak Journals


This exhibition is the second adaptation of the exhibition "Kanak Journals" presented at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and the Musée Hèbre in Rochefort. A sensitive journey into the reality of the inventory of Kanak heritage and the meticulous investigate work carried out by Roger Boulay over two decades in relation to artworks of the Kanak culture.


Roger Boulay, who worked for the Agence du développement de la culture kanak from 1979 to 1998, was entrusted by Jean-Marie Tjibaou and his team with the exceptional task of carrying out an Inventory of Dispersed Kanak Heritage (IPKD) in museums and public collections around the world. He carried out this major inventory in close collaboration with Emmanuel Kasarhérou, now President of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. A meticulous survey documented by over 3,000 sketches and fine watercolors of the objects inventoried.

The original sketchbooks and artworks from the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and objects held in the collections of the Musée de la Nouvelle-Calédonie are presented side by side for the first time, enabling visitors to understand the "inventory adventure" and highlighting the stages, players and memorial issues involved in this colossal mission to preserve New Caledonia's heritage.



  • Roger Boulay, Museologist, independent curator, specialist in the Kanak world


  • Emmanuel Kasarhérou, President, Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac Museum, Paris