Air Liquide’s expertise at work for the Musée du quai Branly
Since 2009, Air Liquide Group – which operates in over 80 countries – and the Musée du quai Branly*, “a meeting ground for cultures of the world”, are committed to promoting cultural diversity.
Under a philanthropic initiative begun in 2012 that involves in-kind donations and skills transfer, Air Liquide has made available to the Musée du quai Branly the expertise of its staff as well as equipment to help modernize its dynamic anoxia system. Dynamic anoxia is a process that combines oxygen deprivation and the injection of nitrogen to protect works at risk of biological infestation and prevent their deterioration. The Musée du quai Branly displays many organic works, some of which are over 1,000 years old; these include feathers, wood, fabric and paper, which are fragile and vulnerable to insects. To modernize the anoxia treatment process, Air Liquide teams were involved throughout the project, from feasibility studies to completion of construction work. The Group also donated equipment, including two nitrogen generators that reduce the oxygen concentration in the new anoxia chambers. These installations boost the museum’s anoxia capacity by five, while ensuring ideal safety conditions. The museum will now be able to treat artworks from its own collection and those on loan more frequently, for optimal conservation.
* Paris-based museum that showcases the indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.