All the museums
Mingei International Museum
Mingei is a special word increasingly used throughout the world to designate “arts of the people.” It was coined by the revered scholar, Dr. Soetsu Yanagi, who combined the Japanese words for all people (min) and art (gei). Joined by potters Shoji Hamada and Kaniro Kawai, Yanagi formed the Mingei Association of Japan, which was responsible for the foundation of the first international crafts museum in Tokyo. Martha Longenecker, a professor at San Diego State University, encountered the members of the Mingei Association and, inspired by their vision, in 1978 established Mingei International as a place where the finest examples of arts from all cultures of the world could speak for themselves. The museum was first located in a small space in a shopping center. Over the years it grew dramatically, and in 1996 it moved to its present space in Balboa Park. In 2003, it opened a satellite space in Escondido. The museum has a rapidly expanding collection of art objects from one hundred countries. It emphasizes Asian artworks but features approximately 15,000 tribal objects. Among these is an important collection of embroidery and silver jewelry from the many non-Han cultures of Guizhou, China. Ethiopian and Yoruba objects, an Indonesian collection rich in Dayak objects, and a collection of artworks from Ladakh, India, are also prominent in the museum’s holdings. Navaho and Tibetan pieces are also included. The museum’s pre-Columbian collection represents a variety of cultures from Mexico. It also spans Central and South America. A gift in 2000 from an anonymous foundation made possible the acquisition of the Greaves Collection of pre-Columbian Marine Animals. This unique assemblage of more than 250 objects in ceramic, stone, metal, and textile focuses on representations of marine fauna and marine-associated mythological themes as found in the pre-Columbian art of the Americas. Approximately five percent of the collection is on display at any one time, but the exhibitions are constantly changing, so a great deal of the collection cycles through the installations over time. In its first twenty-five years, the museum organized and presented 109 major exhibitions, some of which have continued to reach a nationwide audience as they travel to other museums.
Musée Agathois Jules Baudou
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March 1, 2008, the Angoulême Museum reopened its doors after five years of closure during which he underwent a complete renovation. The Museum tells Angoulême history. By the diversity of its collections, it illustrates the differents views, stories and ways of life. But it is above all a place of life, sharing, exchange and openness to Others.
Musée d'Art Moderne de Troyes
Pierre and Denise Lévy established the foundation that lead to the creation of this museum. The museum’s fauvist and expressionist works are complemented by the installation of eighty-one non-European pieces, mainly masks, statuettes, drums and stools. The museum endeavors to show the relationship between these trends in Western art and what was then newly discovered African art. Some of the objects come from the Félix Fénéon and Paul Guillaume sales, most notably a Benin bronze Oba, formerly in the collection of André Derain. The museum allows one to appreciate the delicate lines of a feminine Guro mask from Côte d’Ivoire alongside the Portrait of Jeanne Hébuterne by Modigliani, which it probably influenced.
Musée d'Arts africains, océaniens, amérindiens (MAAOA)
The MAAOA is an art museum that that attempts to reconcile the aesthetic contemplation of so-called “primitive” works with the dissemination of information of a scientific nature. Created in 1992, it’s holdings are primarily made up from three collections: the gift of Mme. Pierre Guerre and of her daughter Mme. Alain Vidal-Naquet, the collection of Professor Gastaut, and that of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Marseille. The Guerre donation consists of eighty-seven African masks and sculptures, many of which have been shown in major international exhibitions. These include Marka masks from Mali, masks of the Guro, Bete, and Baule of Côte d’Ivoire, and of the Punu of Gabon, as well as three Fang reliquaries. A group of ninety sculpted, painted, engraved, or overmodeled skulls and shrunken heads in the Gastaut collection is unique. The permanent loan from the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie is for the most part comprised of material from former colonial museums, the last of which closed in 1962. Highlights in this collection include a New Caledonia statue and doorjamb, two masks from Ambrym Island in Vanuatu, Yoruba masks from Nigeria, a Senegales Diola mask, and a Kota reliquary from Gabon. Several recent donations have been made by major collectors such as Jacques Kerchache and Arman.
The Musée dauphinois is guided by his close relationship with the inhabitants of the region as well as with it's passing guests. It investigates every historical period of this region of the Alpes but is also a space to think about our times. Every year, 2 to 3 exhibitions, always enriched with publications, talks, and debates, explore the fields regional, rural or industrial patrimony, and of archeology.
Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer
Musée de Cahors Henri-Martin
As the building awaits a comprehensive overhaul, only the works of Henri Martin are on permanent display here. The content of the other rooms change with the seasons so that people can (re)discover collections through the history of the museum. It puts on temporary exhibitions exploring the image of the town and the department of Lot or presenting major artists working in Quercy. The Cahors Museum’s collections includes around 13,000 objects and documents relating to ethnography outside Europe, history of art and contemporary art.
Musée de Colmar Unterlinden
Housed in a former convent dating back to the 13th century, the Musée Unterlinden displays a remarkable group of paintings and sculptures from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It possesses one of the greatest works of Western art: the Isenheim Altarpiece, executed between 1512 and 1516 by Nicolaus of Haguenau and Grünewald. The museum’s collection of decorative art objects includes silver and gold treasures as well as an exceptional group of hunting and military weapons. Its archaeology section offers a nearly complete overview of the early development of human society, with objects from everyday life (Bergheim mosaic, 3rd century AD) or funerary contexts (gold jewellery from a princely sepulchre). The museum’s modern art collection includes works by major artists, such as Monet, Guillaumin, Bonnard and Delaunay. Although it is especially strong in artists representing movements in abstract art after the Second World War (Magnelli, Poliakoff, Soulages, Bram van Velde, Vieira da Silva), the collection also features figurative works by artists such as Dubuffet and Picasso.