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Les actes de colloques du musée du quai Branly

Collection d'ouvrages traitant d'anthropologie et d'histoire de l'art

Online book series on anthropology and art history published by the Quai Branly Museum

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Les actes de colloques du musée du quai Branly

Le département de la recherche et de l’enseignement du musée du quai Branly propose un à deux colloques chaque année depuis l’ouverture. Ces colloques se rattachent à la problématique générale du département, à savoir l’anthropologie et l’histoire des arts. Le département entend désormais proposer une politique cohérente de restitution de ces informations.


The research and education department at the Quai Branly Museum has produced one or two conferences every year since it opened. The conferences relate to the general issues the department works on, generally in the fields of anthropology and the history of art. The department is eager to lay down a coherent policy of access to this information and how it is recounted.

Anne-Christine Taylor
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Catégories francophones
Ethnologie ; anthropologie, Représentations, Histoire de l'Art
Catégories anglophones
Sociology & Anthropology, Anthropology, Arts & Humanities, Art


Musée du quai Branly

Au cœur du Paris des musées, voisin du Louvre et du musée du quai d’Orsay, à quelques minutes des Grand et Petit Palais, du Palais de Tokyo et du musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, le musée du quai Branly occupe un site exceptionnel sur les rives de la Seine, au pied de la tour Eiffel. Les arts d’Afrique, d’Océanie, d’Asie et d’Amérique s’inscrivent dorénavant au centre du grand circuit historique et artistique de la capitale. Le musée du quai Branly est un établissement culturel novateur : à la fois musée, centre d’enseignement et de recherche, et espace à vivre pour les publics. Construit sur l’un des derniers terrains disponibles au cœur de Paris, le concept architectural de ce projet original est signé par Jean Nouvel.

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Politique d'accès
Open access

Informations bibliographiques

Directeur de la publication
Stéphane Martin
Rédacteur(s) en chef
Anne-Christine Taylor
Type de support
Etat de la collection
Politique d'édition électronique
Publication en libre accès
Année de création
Date de mise en ligne
29 juillet 2009
ISSN format électronique
Langue de la publication


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Les actes de colloques du musée du quai Branly
Musée du quai Branly
Département de la recherche et de l’enseignement
222 rue de l’Université
75343 Paris cedex 07
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