Tuesday, February 17, 2015

L'anatomie des chefs-d'oeuvre

The Musée du Quai Branly was the first museum in the world to acquire its own 3D digital image processing system dedicated to the investigation of works of art. With the installation of L'anatomie des chefs-d'oeuvre (The Anatomy of a Masterpiece), the museum intends to provide visitors with an introduction to these new technologies in research and restoration and to present the surprising results of these new analyses. The digitisation of works with supernatural virtues is not intended to reveal their secret or their magic, which is primarily the fruit of power and the actions of those who use it in the context of a ritual, but rather to provide additional information about its history by enabling the material to speak. While this technique reveals their invisible structure, the mystery of their objects and their use remains intact, in the same way as the immaterial heritage linked to the ritual context which belongs to other fields of study. The exhibition opens March 10, 2015.


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