Through more than a hundred thematically organised objects, the exhibition offers visitors a chance to discover the artistic traditions of Central Africa.
Designed by Father François Neyt, art historian and expert on Central Africa, the exhibition highlights the unity that underlies the artistic productions from various Bantu speaking populations as well as the stylistic differences, perceptible from the west to the east, between works of a similar nature.
From the forests north of the Congo River to the southern grasslands, the journey highlights the artistic and structural links between works produced by the various communities of these regions, each carrying distinct cultures and traditions. Beyond the differences between the Fang, Hemba, Kwele or Kota people, there are indeed common styles or usages that provide insights into the masterpieces of Central Africa on display here.
- Exhibition curator: Father François Neyt, art historian and expert on Central Africa
- Number of works: 150
- Surface area required: 600 - 800m²
- Catalogue of the exhibition available (400 pages, Co-published by musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac/Fonds Mercator, 2010)
This exhibition has been presented at:
- Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, Moscow, Russia, from May 16th to September 4th 2016
- National Museum of Anthropologia, Mexico City, Mexico, from December 10th 2015 to April 3rd 2016
- Carré Plantagenêt - Musée d’archéologie et d’histoire, Le Mans, France, from October 28th 2014 to January 31st 2015
- Château de Sédières, Corrèze, France, from June 1st to September 22nd 2014
- National Museum of Korea, Seoul, from October 22nd 2013 to January 19th 2014
- Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China, from April 4th to July 7th 2013
- Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, from December 10th 2010 to April 10th 2011
- musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, from June 22nd to October 3rd 2010