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Extra-European arts in the heart of Forez, the Museum of Civilizations in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert

If during your holidays or wanderings in the Loire countryside you pass by the town of Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert in the Forez region, don't hesitate to take a break at the Daniel Pouget Museum of Civilisations. This municipal museum, which opened to the public in 1965 and is now a Musée de France, is located in the former priory of this town, at the foot of the Romanesque church. Created by the association of the Friends of Old Saint-Rambert, it aims to discover local civilizations (those of Forez), but also extra-European civilizations. How could a museum located far from the coasts and ports, gather more than 10,000 objects of extra-European art, coming from all the continents? As for many museums of extra-European art inland, thanks to passionate local figures, collectors, travellers...

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He Tautoko: creating a relationship with an old object, by Lisa Reihana

Since the 1980s, European museums holding Oceanian objects in their collections have undertaken numerous projects to revise the ways in which these objects are exhibited and managed. Inviting contemporary Oceanian artists in residence to propose a new reading of the old collections is one of the methods developed. These initiatives are also a way of giving more visibility to these artists who are still largely unknown and rarely exhibited in European institutions. A major project in this regard is Pasifika Styles, organised at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge (UK) between May 2006 and February 2008. Lisa Reihana, a member and founder of the Pacific Sisters collective, whose work In Pursuit of Venus [infected] we have already mentioned in previous articles, created the work He tautoko for the occasion, which CASOAR is now focusing on.

Lisa Reihana, He Tautoko, 2006, Cambridge University Museum of Archeology and Anthropology.
© Lisa Reihana, photograph by Clémentine Débrosse

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La collection Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière au musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac : une nouvelle galerie autour du regard d’un collectionneur

Le 19 mai dernier, les musées ont enfin rouvert leurs portes en France après presque six mois de fermeture. Les membres de CASOAR n’ont pu s’empêcher de retourner dans leurs institutions préférées, dont le musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac (MQB-JC) qui inaugure une nouvelle galerie d’exposition permanente consacrée à la donation de Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière que nous vous proposons de visiter aujourd’hui. Read More