Article sponsored by the Musée du quai Branly.
Song lines. Australian desert tracks song, is the extraordinary new exhibition opening at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris on April 4. This immersive journey takes us into the heart of Australia’s founding history through the prism of the Story of the Seven Sisters, the founding story of this wonderfully rural continent. An immersive and exciting exhibition, designed by Indigenous communities. To find out with the family!
Australia like you’ve never seen it before
Museum quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Margot Neill, Senior Curator of the National Museum of Australia, and General Curator of the exhibition take us to discover the origins of the Australian continent, in an immersive way, and beyond. the beaten track.
This exhibition has been designed and produced entirely by representatives of the people of the Three Deserts of Western Australia, including Elders, custodians of Aboriginal sites and acquaintances, smugglers and guarantors of tradition. In this exhibition, the visitor experiences a real initiation journey through the indigenous people’s reading of the world. This is not a classic exhibition of works of art, but a real journey built around an epic song (Song)And that relive the epic of the seven sisters, One of the most important foundational stories of Aboriginal traditions.
As is often the case in the fine galleries on Quai Branly, the scenography draws us in as soon as we enter, thanks to a real theatrical show underlined by the lighting. Having entered this wonderful place, we crossed several desert regions in the center and west of the country, literally guided by the wise men, to plunge into the story of the Seven Sisters (Seven sisters), is relentlessly pursued by a wizard who has the power to change at any time. During this initial quest, they travel through three regions and three deserts, their various encounters with this magician, and their various transformations to escape from him, which will paint the landscapes of these regions, before they transform into a constellation of stars.
The Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac succeeded in taking us on a journey through more than 200 exquisitely displayed paintings, photographs and Aboriginal artwork, and in immersing us in the heart of the Aboriginal world and its beliefs, thanks to nearly 20 multimedia installations including the DomeLab, a An immersive device with a height of 7 meters. A very unique and successful experience, which will also appeal to budding curious little ones.
In immersion with the indigenous people
This exhibition gives us the opportunity to live an extraordinary experience around an unprecedented installation in total immersion with Indigenous culture: The DomeLab. Designed to give us a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experience, it is 7 meters high and 6 meters in diameter. By penetrating this dome, we were transported thousands of kilometers away, into the heart of Walinynga (Cave Hill) in central Australia, the only rock art site that tells the saga of the Seven Sisters. Surrounded by cave-painting representations and animations of this story, we follow the path of these epic songs of the ancestors, who shaped the landscape and history of Aboriginal Australia. More than their millennial memory, all the basic teachings necessary for life (botanical, topographical, mythological, astronomical, aesthetic) emanate from it. The teachings are still present, which are transmitted to us through the words of the wise, and the stories told in painting and in ceremonies and songs, represented throughout the gallery by fine works of art. A strange and poetic journey from which we return enchanted.
Exhibition from April 4 to July 2, 2023
Quai Branly Museum – Jacques Chirac / Garden Gallery
37 Quai Branly and 218-206 University Street
Open from Tuesday to Sunday
Find information and the full program at www.quaibranly.fr