Until October 10th 2015,


The exhibition returns to the sources of tattooing and presents the renewed of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalised manifestation. In so-called “primitive” societies from the Oriental, African and Oceanian worlds, tattooing has a social, religious and mystical role and accompanies the subject in their rites of passage, including them in the community. Conversely, in the West, they have been seen as a mark of infamy, criminality, a circus attraction and as a mark of identity for urban tribes.
In addition to the history of tattooing and its strong anthropological roots, the exhibition also emphasises the artistic nature of the practice, exchanges between tattooists from across the world and the emergency of syncretic styles.


Musée du Quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 Paris
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