Sunday, October 13, 2013

Inities, bassin Congo

On view now at the Musée Dapper in Paris, Initiés, bassin Congo (The Initiated: Congo Basin) is an homage to the material and immaterial richness of the initiation rituals of the peoples of Central Africa. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire major pieces from the Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale in Tervuren. As it always does, the museum wants these older works to resonate with contemporary art, so it will simultaneously host an exhibition of creations by Romuald Hazoumé, whose well-known “masques-bidon,” or “jerrican masks,” represent both a continuation and a fertile reinvention of African traditions.

Helmet mask  -  Bembe

Mask  -  Lega

Ivory pendants  -  Pende

Information and images courtesy of the Musée Dapper

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