15.12.11

Quai Branly Museum



Behind the glass wall you see above is a surprisingly quiet garden…

… surrounding the Quai Branly Museum (Musée du Quai Branly = « MQB ») which opened in 2006. It features indigenous art, cultures…  There are actually several buildings - libraries, offices, shops, a cafeteria…

















Spectacular is also the “green wall”, part of the exterior of the office part of the museum.


When the dark falls, you have a wonderful surprise.


The architect is Jean Nouvel. Here are some of his finished, ongoing, planned projects. In Paris, the most well-known finished ones are the Cartier Foundation and the Arab World Institute.

I will try to make a post about the museum interior one day.
(This post is pre-programmed; I’m back in Sweden for a couple of days.)

20 comments:

Olivier said...

le musee du quai branly est superbe, un vrai plaisir pour les photographes. Je trouve que c'est une reussite et en plus il y a souvent de tres belles collections a voir

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

Excellent reportage, Peter. I really love "the Green Wall." It is striking even in the winter, and everytime I see it, I wonder how they get those plants to grow there, in the cold [and polluted] Parisian air! Have you ever tried the fabulous restaurant inside the museum, les Ombres? Well worth a visit AND it overlooks the Eiffel Tower ;-) On another note, thank you for stopping by chez French Girl this week and for your encouraging words. Veronique

Nikon said...

Beautiful spot, Peter.
I love that green wall!

Studio at the Farm said...

Interesting architecture, Peter. I must admit The "green wall" I like best of all. Hope you are enjoying your trip to Sweden.

Ruby said...

Excellent pictures!!!! Cheers.

claude said...

C'est superbement bien présenté tout cela Peter.
A bientôt !

ALAIN said...

Il y a aussi un chouette petit bistrot !

Catherine said...

what a coincidence - I was here two weeks ago when I visited Paris with my students for a conference - I thought the Museum was wonderful in every way - the building, the exhibits etc - it is on my list to do a post about in my current Museum series - Greetings from the Riviera Catherine

Flartus said...

You have a gift for finding the loveliest green spaces in Paris.

This is Belgium said...

great reportage.. perfect to draw attention to this museum

Starman said...

I liked the entrance to the musée. I even liked the interior layout. But the lighting was very poor and I had to leave before I got a headache.

La Petite Gallery said...

Thank you so much for this interesting post. A few years ago I did a post on the Landscape artist that does the living walls.
yvonne

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Although I "know" the wall, there is so much more to see and do. I may have to try the restaurant that Veronique mentioned.

See you soon, mon ami!

Bises,
Genie

Virginia said...

Ahhhh, our minds think alike again Peter. I posted the Green Wall this week as well. Mine, I shot in Jan.'10, when as you know, it was bitter cold and we had snow. The wall wasn't quite so lush and was dripping in icicles. The museum is very very interesting. I love your top photo!

I hope you are enjoying some fine Swedish Christmas treats while you are away!
V

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Museum with a difference, I suppose! Very interesting.

Maria O. Russell said...

Hope you´re having a great time in your country.

Does Göteborg look a little like Saint Petersburg?

I´ve never heard of this museum before! Your photos are beautiful as usual.

Thank you, Peter.

P.S. Please ask the Swedish Chef for that popcorn recipe...

arabesque said...

hi peter! as usual i'm a day too late again. ^0^
I sent you an email n was wondering why you didn't reply.
anyways, I wish you and your family a Happy CHristmas and hope you're enjoying Sweden as always. ^0^
I'll try to check my mail while in BCN (if i can) and hopefully meet up with you once i'm there.

Owen said...

Looks familiar ! :-)

Trotter said...

Need to go to Paris, at least to see this... ;)
But everyday is becoming more difficult... :(

Paris Paul said...

I knew about the green wall but not the night lights. Worth making a trip in the evening for, definitely. Thanks for the tip!