This exhibition is the first to present a comprehensive overview of art produced by the many tribes inhabiting the region of Nigeria defined by the great Benue River, the most important tributary of the Niger. The exhibition aims to offer an accurate perception of the dynamic arts of this region, which is the cradle of some of the most spectacular art forms produced in sub-Saharan Africa.
About the exhibition
Presenting more than 150 objects – sculptures and masks in wood, pottery and metal drawn from public institutions and private collections from the United States and Europe – the selection invites the visitor to discover the artworks of this fairly unexhibited or unstudied region. Following the course of the Benue River in the footsteps of the first explorers, the exhibition places the objects in their geographical context and explores their history and the connections between the works of the different regions of the Benue valley.
The exhibition follows the course of the Benue and focusses on three large sub-regions of that river. Six major pieces introduce the theme of the exhibition and illustrate the main artistic genres which define the 3 sub-regions of the Benue valley.
- Marla C. Berns, Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, Chief Curator
- Richard Fardon, Professor of West African Anthropology and Head of the Doctoral School, SOAS, University of London
- Hélène Joubert, Curator of African Heritage, musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
- Sidney Kasfir, Professor Emerita of Art History at Emory University, Atlanta
- Place: Mezzanine est
From Tuesday 13 November 2012 at Sunday 27 January 2013
Closed on mondayTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 am-07:00 pmThursday: 10:30 am-10:00 pm
- Public: All publics
- Categorie : Exhibitions