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Les Maîtres de la sculpture de Côte d'Ivoire

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From 14th April - 26th July 2015


  • Lorenz Homberger, Curator of African and Oceanian Art at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich
  • Eberhard Fischer, Ethnologist and former Director of the Rietberg Museum.

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About the exhibition

Western Africa and its masters. Under-estimated for several decades,
the art of the Senufo, Lobi, Guro or Dan is now taking its rightful
place through an exhibition that aims to reveal these peoples' artistic and personal


Long considered in the West as simple artisanal objects, the wooden sculptures produced in West Africa – and principally in the Ivory Coast – reveal their technical qualities and aesthetic power through an exhibition that traces the region's major styles.

The exhibition defends the argument that African art – like Western art – is composed by individual artists. To present the workshops of master sculptors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries is to affirm their profoundly artistic identity. It also introduces the works' geographical, religious and social contexts and simultaneously initiates the Western eye to the beauty and aesthetic codes of the region. The works and contemporary installations presented to conclude the exhibition confirm the power of this heritage.

This exhibition is co-produced by the Rietberg Museum in Zurich and the Kunstund
Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn.

In partnership with the musée du quai Branly.

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