Vue de l'exposition "Ciwara, chimères africaines"
23 Jun 2006 17 Dec 2006

Chiwara: African headdresses

Chiwara headdresses are emblematic symbols of West African art, and are particularly representative of the tastes of the "first" art collectors of the 20th century. Many examples of ciwara have been found in public and private collections all over the world.

About the exhibition

This exhibition shows the traditional aspect of Bamana society, primarily in Mali, while emphasising the aesthetic aspect of these antelope headdresses made from sculpted wood, engraved and painted with their acquired patina, in varying shapes and materials according to the regions and over time.
The dances of chiwara society are tied to agricultural rites, and therefore to the notion of fertility, fecundity and sowing. In attempting to master the forces of nature - imitated by the faces of the antelope headdresses during ceremonies - the men seek an ally in animals.
These headdresses, typically worn in pairs, have different uses depending on the village. But they always represent objects of unity and protection for the community, particularly as they can be seen by all, rather than being reserved for a select few.
Widely found in Mali, the chiwara cult is gradually declining.

  • curator

    • Lorenz HOMBERGER
  • Place:   Mezzanine est
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Friday 23 June 2006 at Sunday 17 December 2006
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  10:30 am-07:00 pm
    Thursday:  10:30 am-10:00 pm
  • Public:   All publics
  • Categorie : Exhibitions