Creation of the Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation July 2010

March 24th 2010 - Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller and Juan-Carlos Torres officially presented the creation of the Barbier-Mueller Museum Cultural Foundation with the support of Vacheron Constantin to an audience of special guests and journalists gathered at the Primitive Art Museum on Quai Branly in Paris. The purpose of this foundation is to bear testimony to forgotten peoples and little-known cultures, and to provide international support for anthropological observatory missions, publications and conferences. Since its creation in Geneva in 1755, Vacheron Constantin has been loyal to a set of values, such as the quest for excellence, creativity, passing on expertise and openness to the world, values which continue to forge its reputation and have enabled it to preserve its heritage and its future. Profound respect for these ethical principles has inspired Vacheron Constantin to support the Barbier-Mueller Museum over the past few years. This partnership has given rise to the noteworthy collection of “Métiers d’Art – Les Masques” watches, and expresses the brand’s attachment to the colorful tapestry that constitutes the human race, however diverse and remote. This project has already taken the form of sponsoring two studies that are about to be published. One was conducted by the Italian anthropologist Daniela Bognolo, a specialist on Burkina Faso, and deals with a “little-known ethic group”, the Kaan. Its publication is scheduled for September 2010. The second, carried out by Alain-Michel Boyer among the Wan, Mona and Koyaga peoples of central Ivory Coast, should be released by the end of the year.

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