A public interest foundation, the Barbier-Mueller museum hosts the largest collection of world and cultures arts in private hands.
Founded in 1977 and located in the heart of the Old Town of Geneva, the Barbier-Mueller museum is unique. Its purpose is to exhibit, conserve, study and publish a collection started by Josef Mueller over 100 years ago and continued to the present day by his heirs (today by the third and fourth generation). For almost 43 years, the Barbier-Mueller museum has opened up to the world and has encouraged an aesthetic and cultural dialogue between visitors and the works on display. Place of knowledge and reflection, it wants to make the arts of world cultures accessible to as many people as possible with the constant desire to develop its activities.
1st photo: deux statuettes de type « violon ». Art des Cyclades. 3000-2800 ans av. J.-C. Marbre blanc. H. 18,5 cm (gauche) 14,6 cm (droite). Anc. coll. E. Ascher, acquis avant 1954 (gauche) et anc. coll. Josef Mueller, acquis avant 1939 (droite). Inv. 202-5 et 202-7. Musée Barbier-Mueller, photo Studio Ferrazzini Boucher.
2nd photo: Grand tambour sablier warup. Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, détroit de Torres, région Daudai ou île Saibai. XIXe siècle. Bois, incrustations de chaux, plumes de casoar, noix de goa, membrane en peau de lézard. L. 91 cm. Inv. 4240. Musée Barbier-Mueller, photo Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet.