Wednesday, February 26, 2014

African Masters at the Museum Rietberg

African Masters. Art from the Ivory Coast is a major exhibition now on view at the Museum Rietberg in Zürich through June 1. Spanning 200 years of art and featuring some 200 masterpieces by around forty sculptors, this show is the first to examine African artists of different generations from six major art regions of West Africa and the works attributed to them. It refutes the still widespread view that traditional African art was almost devoid of aesthetic principles and that Africa had no proper artists, only anonymous sculptors working in tribal workshops. Visitors to this ambitious exhibition will be able to discover the great masters of the Guro, Baule, Dan, Senufo, Lobi and Lagoon peoples and admire their most famous works – sculptures and masks of intense power and beauty.

View the exhibition's official website.

Images courtesy of the Museum Rietberg

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