The Count of Clouds: Mount Fuji through the eyes of Masanao Abe at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris
Mount Fuji, the famous Japanese mountain, is a place of spiritual and cultural support for the citizens of Japan.
Count Masanao Abe (1891 – 1966), samurai scientist, founded the Abe Cloud Air Current Research Observatory at the foot of the sacred mountain, and for 40 years of his life compiled a collection of photography and cinematography capturing correlations between clouds and atmospheric currents on Mount Fuji.
Beyond their technical and scientific nature, we must consider the aesthetic beauty of Count Abe’s images today, like Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs of clouds, as a great addition to modernist photography.
In partnership with the Intermediatheque University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT), the Quai Branly Museum highlights this forgotten figure in the Martine Aublet Workshop by presenting a selection of major works – photographs and films – but also of photographic and measuring equipment from the collection of Count Masanao Abe recently acquired by the University Museum.
Musée du quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
Admission fees and rates
"Jumelé" Tickets (Museum + Temporary Exhibition access) from €12.70