Essay presented by Du Quy Branly Museum.
Lyrics. A Song of Australian Desert Tracks, is an exceptional new exhibition opening April 4th at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. This fascinating journey takes us to the heart of Australia’s founding history through the prism of the story of the Seven Sisters, the founding story of this amazing nation-continent. An amazing exhibition designed by tribal communities. Discover with the family!
Australia like you’ve never seen it before
Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac and Marco Neill, Chief Curator of the National Museum of Australia and General Curator of the Exhibition, take us on a journey to discover the origin of the Australian continent. beaten path..
The exhibition was designed and produced entirely by representatives of Western Australia’s three deserts, including elders, custodians of Aboriginal sites and knowledge, smugglers and guarantors of heritage. In this exhibition, the visitor experiences a truly initiatory journey through the world’s indigenous readings. It is not a classic exhibition of works of art, but a true journey built around an epic song (lyrics), It recreates the epic of the seven sisters, One of the most important founding stories of tribal tradition.
As is often the case with the best exhibitions at Quai Branly, the spectacle grabs us as soon as we step inside, thanks to a truly theatrical setting underscored by the lighting. After entering this magnificent setting, we pass through several desert areas in the center and west of the country, guided by elders, to immerse ourselves in the story of the seven sisters (Seven sisters), relentlessly pursued by a mage capable of shaping at any moment. Throughout this initiation, they travel through three territories and three deserts, and their different encounters with this wizard and their different transformations to escape him paint the landscape of these territories, which become a constellation of stars.
Thanks to nearly 20 people, the Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac succeeds in taking us on a journey through over 200 beautifully displayed Aboriginal paintings, photographs and works of art, immersing us in the heart of the Aboriginal world and its beliefs. Multimedia installations including DomeLab, a 7-meter-tall immersive device. A unique and highly successful experience that will appeal to even the most curious children.
Immerse yourself with the tribe
The exhibition offers an opportunity to fully immerse yourself with Tribal Culture: The DomeLab, an exceptional experience in an unprecedented installation. Designed to give us a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experience, it is 7 meters high and 6 meters in diameter. Penetrating under this dome, we are transported thousands of kilometers to the core of the Wallinga rock site (Cave Hill) in central Australia, the only rock art site that describes the epic of the Seven Sisters. Surrounded by cave paintings and animated representations of this story, we follow the path of these ancestral epic songs that shaped the landscapes and history of Aboriginal Australia. Rather than their millennial memory, all the basic teachings necessary for life emanate from it (botany, topography, mythology, astrology, aesthetics). The teachings handed down to us through the words of the elders, the stories told in paintings, ceremonies and songs, are represented throughout the exhibition by wonderful works of art. A fascinating and poetic journey from which we return swooning.
Exhibition from April 4 to July 2, 2023
Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac / Garden Gallery
37 Quai Branly and 218-206 University Street
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Find information and the complete program at www.quaibranly.fr
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