Exhibition: The little explorer’s box of delights

From May 23rd to October 7th, 2018, the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac is hosting the exhibition "The little explorer’s box of delights". This retrospective highlights the notion of otherness found in French and European children's literature. The museum revisits our favourite adventure stories and the recurring stereotypes they conveyed through the many travels of the protagonists. From Robinson Crusoé and his companion Friday to the bourgeois Famille Fenouillard’s unintentional world tour, including Phileas Fogg and Passepartout from Jules Verne's famous "Around the world in eighty days", the exhibition unveils the imperceptible themes to the youngest readers. Racism, Western colonialism, xenophobia, this event reflects on the evolution of the personification of foreigners and exoticism in youth books, from the 19th century to the present day. “The little explorer’s box of delights" is held near the Green Hotels Paris, the Eiffel Trocadéro and the Gavarni.

Exhibition "The little explorer’s box of delights", from May 23rd to October 7th 2018.
Open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday from 11a.m. to 7p.m.
Nocturnal from Thursday to Saturday until 9p.m.
Closed on Monday.
Full rate: €10 / Concessions: €7.

Congo Warrior
A black man, dressed in a sort of pink skirt surrounded by a two-tone green and red stripe, his torso wearing a kind of long crossed scarf, is sitting on a rock. Barefoot, his left hand is holding a bow, the end of which he’s observing, he’s holding with his right hand his quiver filled with arrows. He’s wearing a feathered helmet.
[Board extracted from the Encyclopaedia of travels, containing the historical summary of the mores, uses, domestic habits, religions, festivals...of L.F. Labrousse (draughtsman); J. Laroque (engraver); Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur (author of the text), Deroy (Publisher in Paris), 1796. Contains 92 engraved copper etchings, 18 x 12 cm size colour]
Etching and watercolour
20,1 x 14,7 x 0,1 cm, 2 g H. 145 x L. 104 Paper H. 199 x L. 145
Copyright: © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac

Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
Access: Pont de l’Alma (RER C).

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