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The Art and Culture of the Philippines

From 09 April 2013 to 14 July 2013

7000 islands come to life

The Philippines represents more than 7000 islands that are spread out over almost 1,700 kilometers. Its geographic location and the history of its population have been the source of a strong and diverse artistic culture that is now being showcased at the Musée du Quai Branly.

In such a natural environment, complete with ocean shores and mountains, Filipino artists have engaged in a cultural exchange with their art, both amongst themselves and throughout the world. Visitors to Paris can discover the artistic heritage of the Philippines during their stay in the City of Light.

This represents the first French exhibition dedicated to the Philippines in the past 20 years. The Musée du Quai Branly will present over 300 works created through various mediums such as sculpture, weaving and music.

The exhibition situates every work within its historical and geographical context, offering visitors the chance to both appreciate the art and learn about Filipino culture. The age and the dynamism of the maritime routes from opened up this region to commercial enterprises, which had a dramatic impact on the culture. This impact is reveal through art, which can also be discovered thanks to the opening up of this island territory.