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New GDRI to Focus on Artistic Creation

The Musée du Quai Branly in Paris was inaugurated June 23rd. Located near the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, this new museum is dedicated to non-western arts, with collections from Africa, the South Sea Islands, Asia, and the Americas. It opened its doors with exhibits of some 3500 pieces from the 300,000 in its collection.

For the event, CNRS officially launched a new GDRI (International Research Network) entitled Anthropology and History of the Arts (Anthropologie et histoire des arts). “This is a network of 15 partners1 who directly or indirectly fund research projects on practices and production, submitted to a qualitative and esthetic appraisal,” explains Anne-Christine Taylor, Research and Educational Director at the Musée du Quai Branly. “From its inception, the Musée du Quai Branly has been a genuine Institute where both teaching and research play a key role,” says Taylor. A partnership was set up in 1999 with CNRS involving a joint-service unit intended to create multimedia tools to help popularize science.

During the initial meeting that took place in January 2006, the GDRI members identified major areas of research, such as the social and cognitive status of images, the crossbreeding of cultures, artistic creation practices, and music. “These GDRI-funded projects should produce concrete results, such as the publication of books or reviews, or the organization of exhibits or seminars,” notes Taylor. Each partner contributes €10,000 over a four-year period, and the GDRI may be renewed indefinitely depending on the evolution of its research topics.


Magali Sarazin



Notes :

1. CNRS, Musée du Quai Branly, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Universités Paris-I, IV and X, Université de Provence Aix-Marseille-I, Institut national d'histoire de l'art (French National Institute of Art History), Collège de France, Ecole normale supérieure, University of East Anglia (Great Britain), Munich Ethnology Museum (Germany), National Institute of Anthropology and History (Mexico), Federal University of Rio (Brazil), and the University of California in Los Angeles (United States).

Contacts :

> Anne-Christine Taylor
Musée du Quai Branly.



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