Paul Valéry said “Le plus profond c'est la peau” (What is most deep is the skin). The Musée des Arts Premiers du Quai Branly in Paris has followed this idea through with an exhibition that is full of emotion and understanding. Coloring the skin with ink raises the question of social status and also plunges us straight into the aesthetic treasure trove of a thousand human civilizations. Exploration.
Controversial and shady, materialistic, occult and magical, tattoos have always carried significance and divided societies. This meaning was inscribed on the skin of the Celts, the Picts, and the ancient Taoists and is still part of the rituals of today’s gangs and Yakuzas.
Tatouers Tatoués is an exploration of skin and ink in one of Paris’ most mysterious museums. Le Quai Branly museum takes you on a trip where you will meet the people of the Chalcolithic period (3350 to 3100 BC) and of the 19th century in America, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and Europe. http://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/programmation/expositions/a-l-affiche/tatoueurs-tatoues.html