Following on the first collaboration in 2013 for the exhibition "KANAK, l’Art est une Parole", the ERAMET group is proud to renew its commitment to the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac as sponsor of the exhibition "LES FORETS NATALES". Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa from October 3rd, 2017 to January 21st, 2018 in Paris (France). It wants to take part to the promotion of Gabon’s arts and culture among others since it operates in this country through COMILOG, its subsidiary which is mainly dedicated to the manganese extraction and beneficiation.
For the first time, "LES FORETS NATALES". Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa exhibition brings together almost 325 works from Atlantic Equatorial Africa, a cultural area that covers the south of the Republic of Cameroon and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, the Gabonese Republic and the west of the Republic of Congo. The works are from the museum collection, which is one of the world’s richest in this area, as well as from public and private collections in Europe and North America.
ERAMET’s global footprint makes it a natural ambassador for the cultural dialogue promoted by the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac. The Group and its teams help to promote indigenous arts and the cultural and artistic wealth of the counties where it operates. In all its locations, it strives to develop its activities sustainably, taking into account the economic, social and environmental aspects of growth.
ERAMET implements a determined policy of respect for natural sites and biodiversity. With its subsidiary COMILOG, the Group invests in the protection and knowledge of the Gabonese forest. In 2011, it began a partnership with CNRS, the French national centre for scientific research, for the Mandrillus Project. This initiative studies a population of mandrills, a primate under threat of extinction from poaching and deforestation. In addition, to protect gorillas ERAMET is working with the Aspinall Foundation for a project to reintroduce the apes into Lékédi Park.
The musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac’s mission is to present the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. It is a space for scientific and artistic dialog bringing together the public, researchers, students and contemporary artists and it offers a year-round program of exhibits, performances, lectures, workshops and screenings.