Nanette Snoep

Since February 2015 the Dutch ethnologist Nanette Snoep is director of the State Ethnographic Collections of Saxony (SES) – three ethnographic museums in Leipzig, Dresden and Herrnhut with a collection of around 300.000 objects from over the world. Her goal is to develop new exhibitions drawing on contemporary ethnographical and postcolonial approaches. Until 2014 she was Chief Curator of the Historical Collections Unit at Quai Branly Museum in Paris – a collection of European drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures dealing with the history of discovery and European expansionism, slavery and French Colonial History.

Nanette Snoep ist seit Februar 2015 Direktorin der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen und leitet die drei Ethnographischen Museen in Leipzig, Dresden und Herrnhut. Zuvor war die Ethnologin 15 Jahre lang am Pariser Musée du Quai Branly tätig, zuletzt als leitende Kustodin der Historischen Sammlung. Daneben hat sie afrikanische Kunstgeschichte gelehrt und zahlreiche internationale Ausstellungen kuratiert.


Exhibitions Ausstellungen

  • Voodoo. The Art of Seeing Differently (Vodou, l’Art de Voir Autrement), 2014, Château d’Eau, Strasbourg.
    An exhibition about voodoo in contemporary West-Africa.
  • Masters of Chaos (Maîtres du Désordre), 2012, Quai Branly Museum, Paris.
    With Jean de Loisy (Director of the Contemporary Art Center, Palais de Tokyo in Paris).
    This exhibition mixed ancient, modern and contemporary art (Picasso, Basquiat, Hirschhorn, Messager, Halprin, …) as well as non-western artefacts and was designed by the famous agency Jakob+McFarlane. Venues in Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Lob der Torheit. Narren, Künstler, Heilige, 2012) and Madrid, Fundacio La Caixa (Los Maestros del Caos, 2013).
  • Human Zoos: Inventing the Savage (Exhibitions. L’invention du Sauvage), 2011, Quai Branly Museum, Paris.
    With the historian Pascal Blanchard and the Foundation Against Racism Lilian Thuram. This exhibition unveils the history of people brought from Africa, Asia, Oceania and America (1500-1960) to be exhibited in the Western world in circus, theatre or cabaret performances, fairs, zoos, parades, reconstructed villages or international and colonial fairs.
    This exhibition received the award of the best French exhibition of 2011, Globe du Cristal
  • Godly Recipes. Aesthetic of the Fetish (Recettes des Dieux. Esthétique du Fétiche), 2011, Quai Branly Museum, Paris.
    An exhibition on amorphous power objects or so-called “fetishes” from Congo, Mali, Togo, Benin, Madagascar, Morocco, Belgium, Germany and France.
  • 1931. Foreigners at the time of the Colonial Fair (1931. Les Étrangers au Temps de l’Exposition Coloniale), National Museum of Immigration History (CNHI), Paris. Curated with Jacques Hainard and Hélène Lafont-Couturier.
    An exhibition on the history of the International Colonial Fair in Paris in 1931 and the situation of immigrant workers in France at that time.
  • For the Prints and Drawings Room of the Quai Branly Museum, she designed: Gauguin in Branly (2013), René Gillotin, a trip around the world (2013), Travel journals (2014), On a European way (2014)

From 2005 to 2014, she taught African Art History at École du Louvre (Master Art History) as well as at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre in Paris (BA Art History).