Le Voyage à Nantes
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Château des ducs de Bretagne
The amazon
the shaman and the philosophy of the forest

The Amazon takes over the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany to witness the history and future of the people of the Amazon Basin, a unique and multi-sensory experience in the heart of the forest.

The Musée d’ethnographie de Genève houses one of Europe’s largest collections of Amazonian objects. Today, they are showcasing them in this exhibition, which presents a large share of their collection, including many never-before-seen objects.
Jewellery, weapons, musical instruments and everyday use objects are just so many illustrations of the most refined arts of some fifteen populations, including the Wayana, Yanomami, Kayapó and Shuar. These material manifestations of Amazonian culture are an expression of a certain symbiosis with the spirit and forest world, which allows visitors to explore the practice of shamanism, common to all populations in the Amazon Basin.
As an introduction, one section is devoted to the Amazon’s pre-Colombian history, ranging from its origins  to the conquest, as well as to the history of the collections echoing it, right up to the present day. Testimonies by the Amazon’s inhabitants ultimately allow us to broach the issue of preserving the forest from extinction.

Thanks to the wealth of visual objects presented here, as well as the sound installations that recreates the atmosphere of the Amazon rainforest, this exhibition offers visitors an immersive experience where films and photographs complete the tour.


Texts of the exhibition are translated in English.

Exhibition by the MFG – Musée ethnographique de Genève
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Take advantage of the exhibition to discover the exceptional collection of the Musée d’Histoire de Nantes inside the castle. Stage dive into our temporary exhibition on the history of Rock’n Roll with Rock! Une histoire nantaise. Take in a new and dizzying view from the ramparts while sliding into the city with Paysage glissé, designed by Tact Architectes and Tangui Robert. Or jump around at La Nuit bretonne, with Breton concerts and fest-noz a-plenty on July 20th.

© David Gallard

Open from 15/06/2019 to 05/07/2019
From 10:00 to 18:00 (on tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, fridays, saturdays, sundays)
Open from 06/07/2019 to 01/09/2019
From 10:00 to 19:00 everyday
Open from 02/09/2019 to 19/01/2020
From 10:00 to 18:00 (on tuesdays, wednesdays, thursdays, fridays, saturdays, sundays)
Château des ducs de Bretagne
4 place Marc Elder
44000 Nantes
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