Indians of the Plains, Musée du Quai Branly
Client: Musée du Quai Branly
Exhibition curator: Gaylord Torrence
Scenography: Wilmotte & Associés SA
Quantity Surveyor: Cabinet Ivancich
Quality Control consultant: Bureau Véritas
Two tables of 2,10m x 22,50 m
A table of 16 meters
A table of 14 mètres
Interior design and scenogaphy of the temporary exhibition « Indians of the Plains » at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.
Design of the furniture, a projection room and an atlas-wall.
The scenography exhibition project is built as a continuous route, like a trip back in time. It evokes distant lands and strong aesthetic traditions of people nowadays in search of their identity.
Originally simple and minimalist the scenography aims to highlight the richness and creativity of the Plains Indians. It demonstrates the existence of a strong and consistent cultural identity.
Wilmotte & Associés designed for this exhibit long skirts off the ground, which seem to grow horizontally showing unlimited scenery of the Great Plains. These long low monoliths were dug, notched, shaped to best fit the characteristics of the works. They include broad horizontal windows for capes in buffalo skin, but are also pierced by vertical windows that have caps and clothing.
Defining certain areas of the exhibition, an alignment of masts entangled reminds one side of the forest, on the other the structure of Indian teepees. The exhibition ends with the presentation of two modern tipis.
The exhibition offers a rich textual information system, supplemented by a large wall-atlas visually alive and strong: it has multiple maps and iconographic elements on different themes such as Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806), the different uses of the buffalo, the great crossings of the territory by the lines of railroad from the late 1860s, etc.
The 133 masterpieces presented are organized into 7 sections time:
• Section 1: The artistic revival in contemporary life, from 1965 to 2014 (13 items)
• Section 2 Communities and Diaspora, 1910-1965 (11 items)
• Section 3 Peoples old, Pre-contact, 100 AV-1700 (7 items)
• Section 4 Life in the Great Plains, 1700-1820 (19 items)
• Section 5 The flourishing of culture from 1820 to 1860 (36 items)
• Section 6 The death of the buffalo, 1860-1880 (23 items)
• Section 7 The remains of ancestral lands, 1880-1910 (24 items)