" The world masterpieces are born free and equal. " In 1990, President Jacques Chirac responded to this bold manifesto from the noted French collector Jacques Kerchache with the launch of an ambitious project to gather France's important national collections of tribal and ethnic art under one roof. Today, the extraordinary building by Jean Nouvel houses some 300,000 objets, including 3,500 masterpieces from Africa, the Americas, Oceania and Asia. This book explores the genesis of the project, its five-year building program, and the ground-breaking architectural design for the new museum, from the tore collection, displayed in a long, raised gallery following the natural arc of the river Seine, to its distinctive "Green Wall" and landscaped garden. The Musée du Quai Branly is a marvelous center for discovery and learning, designed to encourage its visitors to look at art in new ways, and to respect societies and civilizations that have often been misunderstood.