Congo River Exhibition from June 22 to October 3, 2010 - Quai Branly -
Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
on Sunday, October 3, 2010
Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 11h to 19h Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 21pm
Location: East Mezzanine
Fares: Ticket collections
37 Quai Branly
01 56 61 70 00
The Musée du Quai Branly This summer, through 170 documents and 80 major works, a major exhibition devoted to the artistic traditions of Central Africa, including Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Real journey of leading the visitor of the northern forests to savannas, South exhibition demonstrates the links between works produced in the regions bordering the Congo River, for various populations of Bantu languages.
Behind the variety of masks and sculptures Fang, Hemba, kweli or kota, the exhibition highlights the major works of Central Africa, in their design, structure and artistic connections that bring them closer.
The three themes of the exhibition, common core to these peoples iconophiles are complementary:
* Masks and statues with the "heart-shaped face, and ensure the unity and identity of the respective groups;
* The importance of the founding ancestor and prominent members of his lineage;
* The representation of women in the kingdoms of the savannah, balancing the authority of men, with the mystery of regeneration of the land, agriculture, human life.
Central Africa is inhabited by many human groups, each with its own identity. Despite their differences, even their opposition, they were expressed in common language, similar institutions were using, binding their worldview in initiation rituals and therapeutic, dances and incantations addressed to the spirits of nature and their ancestors. Cultural ties that connect its people covering the vast forests and savannas subequatorial also exposed in their material productions. The major works presented here demonstrated.
Francois Neyt, curator
The works are presented in a geographical journey of productions ranging from West to East, both from Gabon to Congo:
* The Fang peoples and related
* The Kwele
* The Mbede-Kota
* The Tsogho, Galwa, Aduma, Vuvi and Teke (Tsaayi)
* The Ngbaka, and Ngbandi Ngombe
* The Mbole, Yela, Metoko, Komo, Jong, Lengola and Kela
* The Lega and Bembe