Africa at the crossroads of the world

Statue feminine - MUSÉE DU QUAI BRANLY - JACQUES CHIRAC, PHOTO CLAUDE GERMAINAfrica is known as the Cradle of Humanity, but it could also be the crossroads of the world.


Contrary to common notions, the 55-country continent was never isolated and was adept at trading gold, raw materials and labor with the rest of the world thousands of years ago, well before the beginning of colonization.

Evoking the river, land and sea routes that have contributed to travel and trade, this exhibition at the Quai Branly portrays a continent at the heart of international history.


Engraved chariots from the Sahara, the Chinese porcelains of Madagascar and contemporary works by Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, among other exceptional pieces, narrate the colorful history of this cultural melting pot at the crossroads of the world.


L'Afrique des Routes
From 31th January to 12th November

Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac,
37, quai Branly, Paris 7 (01 56 61 70 00)
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Photo : ©CLAUDE GERMAIN