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The University of Michigan Museum of Art    

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Masterworks of African Art: Gabon and Cameroon

The University of Michigan Museum of Art     525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109  USA 

Curtis Gallery of African and African-American Art  

May 22–November 7, 2004

Masterworks of African Art: Gabon and Cameroon, featuring more than 20 works created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that reflect the complex relationship between form and meaning in African art, at the University of Michigan's Museum of Art, 525 S. State, Ann Arbor. Continues through Nov. 7. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 
Bwete Figure
Bwete Figure (Mbulu-ngulu)
Kota culture, late 19thĞearly 20th century
Gabon and/or Cameroon
Wood with copper and brass
Lent by Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen 

Works from the Grasslands of Cameroon and the peoples of Gabon exhibit exceptional aesthetic sophistication and refinement. Images of divine and royal power, they were collected by the French and Germans who colonized this region in the nineteenth century and catalyzed Paris-based avant-garde artists such as Matisse and Picasso. Twenty outstanding works from Gabon and Cameroon, drawn from private and public collections in the region, are on view in this exhibition.


The University of Michigan Museum of Art houses one of the finest university art collections in the country and the second largest art collection in the state of Michigan. 

A community museum in a university setting, the Museum of Art offers visitors a rich and diverse permanent collection, supplemented by a lively, provocative series of special exhibitions and a full complement of interpretive programs. 

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