MUSEUM VALUES RECONSIDERED. The Museum of African Art – the Veda and Dr. Zdravko Pеčаr Collection
Exhibition by Ana Sladojević, PhD and Emilia Epštajn (MAA)
as part of the project/exhibition
Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned
Exhibition curator: Bojana Piškur (MG+MCA)
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
Opening: 7 March 2019, at 8 p.m.
Duration: 7 March – 31 August 2019
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Friday, March 1st 2019 at 7 p.m.
SPIRITS OF AFRICA
West African Ritual Art
Exhibition opening at the MAA
After the premiere at the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje (October-December 2018) the exhibition featuring traditional ritual art from the Museum of African Art collections will be opened in MAA’s gallery space.
The ritual art of West Africa forms the thematic basis of the exhibition, as West Africa is a specific cultural and historical area in which numerous art traditions flourished – as exemplified by notable art pieces in the MAA collections. The objects chosen for display are linked to religious practices and spiritual beliefs, because they convey the abundance of the Africans’ spiritual reality. Precisely these examples of folk creativity express the inspiration of the artists and the depth of their core beliefs most adequately. Sculptures, masks and textiles were selected so as to highlight the artistic expressivity of African folk sculpture, which gained international acclaim comparable to that of the most outstanding art achivements world-wide.
The exhibit showcases circa fifty ritual objects – masks, sculptures, textiles, a hunter’s attire, as well as amulets made of wood and bone, all originating among West African peoples of the Baga, Ashanti, Dogon, Bamana, Yoruba, Senufo, Baule, Dan, Bobo, Mossi. The exhibited items date from the mid-twentieth and the second half of the twentieth century, mostly belonging to the gift-collection of Veda and Dr Zdravko Pečar, whoe were benefactors and initiators of the Museum of African Art. The exhibition is enriched with photographs and archival material that illustrate the meanings and ritual contexts in which the objects were used.
Exhibition curator: Aleksandra Prodanović Bojović, anthropologist/senior curator
The Cultural Heritage of Topčider
A tour organized by the Museum of African Art, memorial House of King Peter and Heritage House
Since the 19th century the urban planning of Topčider (one of Belgrade's many hills) was envisioned as a city oasis, with numerous parks, picnic spots, large areas of forest and greenery. Hidden within it are numerous villas, summer houses and art studios built at the beginning of the 20th century. Through the “Cultural Heritage of Topčider” tour we will reveal different cultural institutions. During this tour, you can visit Museum of African Art, the memorial House of King Peter, Archive of Yugoslavia, Heritage House – the Legacy of Petar Lubarda, Museum Vespa Serbia and Public Aquarium and Tropicarium Belgrade.
Walking and talking with you, are art historians Ana Knežević, Museum of African Art curator & Ivana Zatežić, Heritage House associate.
Join our trek of discovery of the cultural Heritage of Topčider Hill!
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