From 15 October 2013 to 26 January 2014, an exhibition on Kanak culture will be held at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.

The Kanak people of New Calendonia are at the center of this exhibition that brings together more than 300 works and documents from the European and New Caledonian public collections.

The support of the BNP Paribas Foundation via it's “BNP Paribas for Art” programme has allowed for twelve Kanak masks to be fully restored. Michel Pébereau, President of the BNP Paribas Foundation, elaborates on the process: “This project was remarkable in more ways than one. Firstly, the whole operation took place in the Quai Branly museum's workshops. Secondly, the museum's teams used a CT scanner in 3D. This technology preserves each work in its entirety, and is therefore particularly adapted to cultural heritage. It also helped experts to understand how these masks were made.”

These rare and impressive masks are large, complex structures made from many different materials that have a symbolic importance in the Kanak culture including hair, wood, feather and fibre cloaks.

Find out more about these restorations and the Kanak exhibition with the following video:

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