It looks like rain at the Quai Branly Museum

By Artkhade with Art Media Agency

Paris, 9 March 2012

The Quai Branly Museum is offering a new approach to the meteorological phenomenon of rain with its exhibition “The Rain”, running until 13 May 2012.

Rain can be benevolent, unexpected, evil or unpleasant. Nearly 95 works and iconographic documents from the Quai Branly Museum’s collections, give an account of these various facts. From Africa to Asia and from America to Oceania, all peoples have found a way to deal with this element.

Many of the displayed objects are merely functional, like the seal intestine raincoat, precursor to our oilskin, or imprinted with a religious connotation like African masks or Oceanian magic stones testament to the divine power attributed to rain all over the world. Footage excerpts complete this selection, like those of Jean Rouch, along with recordings relative to rituals and music linked to analogical representations of rain.

The visit ends with an accumulation of Nepalese kites meant to ward off rain.

Tags: Pre-Columbian Art, Native American Art, Asian Art, Oceanic Art, African Art, Exhibitions