Friday, October 12, 2012

C'est de l'homme dont j'ai à parler. Rousseau et l'inégalité

Currently on view at the Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève in Switzerland is a compelling exhibition entitled C'est de l'homme dont j'ai à parler. Rousseau et l'inégalité (It is of Men that I Have to Speak. Rousseau and Inequality), which focuses on the historical and cultural milieu of Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. From Geneva to the Americas via Switzerland, the East, and "Negroland"; through images, European and non-European art objects, texts, music, contemporary art and a handful of old books; the MEG invites its visitors to discover Rousseau the anthropologist and, around him, a period which, before ours, thought deeply about the history of mankind and the destiny of the people on earth. With Rousseau as guide, the questions, if not always the answers, are still pertinent today.                  

Visit the exhibition's official website.

 Jean-Jacques Rousseau  -  Design by Albrier, engraving by Huet  -  1825

Mask  -  Iroquois, Canada  -  Beginning of 19th century
Pectoral  -  South Africa, Namibia, or Botswana  -  Late 19th or early 20th century
Friendship baton, hunka-yapi  -  Lakota, North America  -  20th century
Tomahawk pipe  -  North America  -  19th century

Information and images courtesy of the Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève

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