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Musee du quai Branly: The Collection: Art From Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas [Hardcover]

Yves Le Fur

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Book Description

Nov. 17 2009
From sculptures to utilitarian utensils, architectural ornaments to revered totems, and ceremonial masks to matrimonial costumes, this museum celebrates the world’s rich cultural diversity. The comprehensive volume includes three hundred masterpieces and incisive essays from thirty-seven international art experts.

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A vast and impressive collection of art from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

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Yves Le Fur is head curator and oversees the permanent collection at the museum.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold standard Jan. 7 2010
By J. B. Gwin - Published on Amazon.com
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The Musee du Quai Branly is one of the most unique and appealing museums on the planet. My primary focus is on African art, and this collection is a "must see" in Paris,along with a few others pieces that remain at the Louvre. Each piece of art in this book represents the epitome of refinement for it's particular tribe from the Bamana fertility figure on the cover to the Cameroon anthropromorphic mask(Bamileke)and so on. I love this book. It would definitely be on my top 10 list. The text accompanying each photograph is much more than a descriptive analysis. It's beautifully written and tells a story that brings to life the use and context of each piece in its original role within the tribe, and an analysis of the images and motifs, as well as the influence these artistic creations on other cultures as they became exposed in Europe beginning around the 14th to 15th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book From Great Museum Nov. 24 2012
By James I. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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Hardback, embossed boards with illustrated DJ, 12" x 9.75", 480 pages, 185 tribal objects in color plates, (mostly) one item to each page, Four maps, showing where each item originated. Breakdown on the provenance of the items depicted. Notes on each item in the catalogue. Edited by Yves Le Fur. Quality paper, photography and presentation. Published by Flammarion/Musee Du Quai Branly, 2009.

This great books presnts sections on the tribal art of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and The Americas. The well respected tribal art critic Yves Le Fur provides a (short) introduction, and then the majority of the book showcases tribal objects from around the world, with a detailed description of each work. The book as a whole merits somewhere betwenn 4-stars and 5-stars - I have had the pleasure of visiting the Museee Du Quai Branly, and the book doesn't quite do the fabulous museum justice, but the presentation and quality of the book cause me to err on the positive side.
3.0 out of 5 stars A good "Museum Book" enough content to inspire a visit or ... June 29 2014
By Tilly Jordan - Published on Amazon.com
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A good "Museum Book" enough content to inspire a visit or serve as a memory of a visit made. Out of necessity the range of items and information is limited and one questions occasionally the choice made by museum staff in picking their exhibit as a feature. A visually quite pleasing book to assign to the coffee table. The photography is adequate but uninspired. With such a large collection to choose from this book would inevitably have been a challenge and in all fairness a good effort has been made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Major Museum Collection May 6 2010
By Robert S. Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Good News: This book is a masterpiece in photography of the objects. The written explanations are excellent. The coverage of all tribal segments of the Branly is second to none. It is a bargain at Amazon.com.

The Bad News: This book coverage of all tribal segments of the Branly means individual segments (for me, African) are reduced to roughly a quarter of the book. I would welcome a book of this caliber dealing with each tribal art area at the Branly. Otherwise this would have been a 5-star book, and is highly recommended.

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