On the Ceilings of the University Building
Integrating this approach within the museum’s architectural concept, Jean Nouvel had the idea of presenting Australian aboriginal art through artistic installations on the ceilings and façade of the building on Rue de l’Université. Striving to combine artistic discovery and quality, the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and the Australian institutions greeted this project enthusiastically and decided to involve 8 artists: 4 female artists (Lena Nyadbi, Judy Watson, Gulumbu Yunupingu, Ningura Napurrula) and 4 male artists (John Mawurndjul, Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford, Michael Riley, Tommy Watson) originating from different communities and cultures (art of the territories and urban art). Each is heir to a thousand-year-old art that has now found its place amongst the movements of contemporary art.
The painted ceilings and façade of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac bear witness to the vitality of contemporary aboriginal art and help to promote the great spiritual heritage of this thousand-year-old people.