Exterior View, Barbier Mueller

Musée Barbier-Mueller

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Interior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Exterior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Exterior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Interior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Interior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Interior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Interior View, Les Musées Barbier-Mueller

Many aficionados of the tribal arts agree that this is among the greatest collections in the world. As early as 1907, Josef Mueller shifted his focus from works of the Parisian avant-garde to the African masterpieces that inspired them. Joined with treasures of famed Swiss collector Jean Paul Barbier (Mueller’s son-in-law), the museum now features 7,000 important works from Africa, Indonesia and Oceania, as well as tribal Asia and the earliest phases of Mediterranean cultures. In addition, the presentation at this venue, which opened to the public in 1977, is truly dramatic.

Collection Highlights


Face mask.jpg
Face mask, Republic of Congo, Teke, Tsaayi subgroup
Large urn or flask.jpg
Large urn or flask
Cylindrical vase.jpg
Cylindrical vase
Schematic violon-shaped figure.jpg
Schematic violon-shaped figure, attributed to the Metropolitan Museum Master
Bilishoi roof ridge.jpg
Bilishoi roof ridge of ceremonial house
Musée Barbier-Mueller: Collection Highlights
Face mask.jpg
Face mask, Republic of Congo, Teke, Tsaayi subgroup
light polychromed wood
Formerly André Derain, Charles Ratton and Josef Mueller collections
Large urn or flask.jpg
Large urn or flask, Last centuries BC - early Christian era
Bronze with green patina
Cylindrical vase.jpg
Cylindrical vase, 600-900 AD (TL dating: 900-1300 AD)
Ceramic
Schematic violon-shaped figure.jpg
Schematic violon-shaped figure, attributed to the Metropolitan Museum Master
Greece, Cyclades archipelago. Cycladic culture. Early Cycladic I (ca. 3000-2800 B.C.). White marble
Formerly Jouvenel collection, c.1900; acquired by Josef Mueller before 1939
Bilishoi roof ridge.jpg
Bilishoi roof ridge of ceremonial house
Papua New Guinea, lower Sepik, Yuat River, Biwat area. Wood, traces of pigments, shells, vegetal fibres, cassowary feathers
Formerly A. Speyer collection, Berlin (years 1930), L. and E. Eckert-Voegelin collection, Basel (1978)

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Six Thousand Years of Receptacles - Tableware through the Ages, photo by Luis Lourenço, ABM archives Barbier-Mueller.jpg

Six Thousand Years of Receptacles: Tableware through the Ages

17 May 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
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