Permanent exhibition

Management of the multimedia information system project for the collections level

2002 - 2006

Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac opened its doors in 2006 with the aim of creating a unique place where visitors can discover and appreciate art, artefacts and the tangible and intangible heritage of non-Western peoples and civilizations.

As part of its exhibition, the museum invites the public to experience an outstanding selection of multimedia programs scattered all throughout the exhibition areas, offering visitors multiple levels of discovery and commentary. The multimedia presentation was handled using a new audiovisual approach that takes into consideration not only the museographic objectives but also the visitor’s need for comfort.

Masques océaniens, écrans de niveau 1
Oceanic masks, level 1 screens © reciproque

Two key rules were followed when designing the multimedia content: to draw a common thread from the point closest to the spectator to the farthest, from the most accessible to the most complex, and to start from experimentation and move towards the abstraction.

When a visitor enters an exhibition area, they can immediately understand the organization concepts structuring the multimedia content. This organization is discernable directly, without having to analyze the program content.

In the years it took to construct the establishment, the Reciproque management team designed, produced and led the installation of the museum’s entire multimedia information system. Since its inauguration, the addition of new content and program updates have remained in line with the cultural mediation strategy. This was a truly innovative offering in terms of adapting new technologies to support the museographic elements.

Overall, the permanent exhibition, at the time of its inauguration, featured 158 audiovisual or interactive programs, or approximately 10 hours of programs comprised of 2,039 different documents.

In 2006, the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac was awarded the AVICOM prize at the International Audiovisual Festival on Museums and Heritage (FAIMP) for its collection of interactive terminals.

Video shot on the first day of the Musée du Quai Branly grand opening © MQBJC
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