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On Friday morning Sherard and I walked to the Musée du quai Branly by way of the Louvre. Even though the Louvre museum was closed we could walk around the complex. There were playful conceptual art projects in both of the main courtyards.

Street artist JR makes the pyramid disappear -- from one perspective

Street artist JR makes the pyramid disappear — from one perspective

The pyramid reappears from any other angle.

The pyramid reappears from any other angle.

Panorama by Eva Jospin at the Louvre. Mirrors outside reflect the buildings of the courtyard.

Panorama by Eva Jospin at the Louvre. Mirrors outside reflect the buildings of the courtyard.

Inside Panorama by Eva Jospin you are in a cardboard forest

Inside Panorama by Eva Jospin you are in a cardboard forest. Yet another way of making the Louvre disappear.

The Musée du quai Branly is an enormous feast of tribal and indigenous art from Africa, South America, Oceania and Southeast Asia — basically the places where France had colonies — plus some good contemporary work by Australian aborigines. We had lunch first at the museum restaurant then plunged into the enormous, confusing permanent collection. Here are a few pieces that I especially appreciated.

Ceremonial poles from several islands, at the Musée du quai Branly

Ceremonial poles from several islands, at the Musée du quai Branly

Clan headdress, Population Tlingit, Alaska, 1860-70, Musée du quai Branly

Clan headdress, Population Tlingit, Alaska, 1860-70, Musée du quai Branly

Mask, Population Krou, Ivory Coast, end of 19th century, Musée du quai Branly

Mask, Population Krou, Ivory Coast, end of 19th century, Musée du quai Branly

That evening we went out drinking, but that’s another story…