Musée du Contradiction

Paris’s new Musée du quai Branly has been absorbing plenty of body blows from critics since opening last month, but Lisa Rochon points out how seldom the city of light has even attempted architectural provocation, and says that the Branly “a scandalous and necessary aberration that drags its jagged edge over the lousy, looting history of the French colonial era… And herein lies the great dilemma of the museum — its very existence is an assault on aboriginal peoples around the world.”