Piercing exhibition at Paris Musée de l’Homme

Published by Manon C. · Published on 21 March 2019 at 16h35
Discover the story of piercing, this practice dating back from Prehistory thanks to the Piercing exhibition running from March 13, 2019 to March 9, 2020 at Paris Musée de l’Homme.

Do you know the story of piercing? This practice dating back to Prehistory and of which we find marks on all continents. These body alterations were full of diverse significations: belonging to a group, rites, signs of prestige or marks of infamy, signs of submission, beauty and strength; significations still working today.

After disappearing for centuries in Europe (excluding earrings that remained in European customs), piercings came back in the 20th century.

Everything started in the 70’s peace and love California, a period during which men claim their bodies again in various ways, including piercing. These Californians, the “modern primitive” perform piercings under new conditions, sterile, and open the first piercing studio in 1975.

If you want to learn even more about the story of piercing, a practice that is no longer reserved for punk, gay and SM cultures, head to Paris Musée de l’Homme where the Piercing exhibition is displayed.

At the same time as the Dans Ma Peau exhibition, the Piercing exhibit presents the practices of piercing for 45,000 years and mixes art representations, prehistorical items, photographs and jewels, from Brazil to the United-States without forgetting Borneo!

An exhibition running from March 13, 2019 to March 9, 2020!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 13 March 2019 to 9 March 2020



    17 place du Trocadero
    75116 Paris 16


    Réduit: €9
    Plein: €12

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