14 Dec 2021 10 Apr 2022

Out of the Shadows

Sculptures from Southwest Congo

Shining a spotlight on Bandundu, a former province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Through 150 works, “Out of the Shadows, Sculptures from Southwest Congo” reveals the prolific artistic production of a little-known region. An opportunity to restore the status of Congolese wooden statuary.

About the exhibition

In order to guarantee visitor safety, the museum has put in place a health protocol in line with government guidelines.

A former province in the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bandundu encompasses the current territories of Kwango, Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe. Covering almost half the size of France, the region is not only diverse – more than a dozen different peoples coexist there – but culturally rich. This cultural wealth is particularly marked in the visual arts, as illustrated by the extraordinary diversity of statuary art, masks and other everyday objects.

Coordinated by Julien Volper, curator at the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren (Belgium), the exhibition seeks to give a broader picture of traditional arts in Bandundu. Beyond the iconic masks linked to the Mukanda initiatory rites (for young boys), "Out of the Shadows, Sculptures from Southwest Congo" shines a light on a more understated production, that of wooden statutory art, and provides some essential elements for their analysis. It includes over 150 works created by the Yaka, Pende, Tshokwe and Suku, and by minority groups like the Yanzi, Buma, Lyembe, Sakata and Mbala, which will be carefully examined and analysed through their typical and iconographic features, and the details of their use.

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  • curators

    • Julien Volper, curator at the Royal Museum for Central Africa and lecturer at Brussels Open University.


    • Maud Martinot, scenographer
  • Place:   Mezzanine est
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Tuesday 14 December 2021 at Sunday 10 April 2022
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  10:30 am-07:00 pm
    Thursday:  10:30 am-10:00 pm
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap visuel
    • LSF
    • Handicap auditif bim (T)
  • Public:   All publics
  • Categorie : Exhibitions
  • Museum ticket entrance
    Full price:  12,00 €
    Reduce rate:  9,00 €

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Around the event

Guided tours, workshops, concerts, etc.
all activities organized as part of the event

Around the event

Exposition organisée en partenariat avec

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  • Africa Museum vertical fond blanc
  • Rectangle blanc

Avec le soutien de

  • TotalEnergies_Foundation 2021