A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller an interview
Barbier-Mueller museum reopens with an exhibition of its "jewels"
Barbier-Mueller Jewels reopens(April 2007)
Open 365 days a year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
27th April 2005 to 15th March 2006
Birds and felines often occurred in the daily life of Pre-Columbian civilizations and inhabited their legends in such a way that they are very often represented in works of art and objects from this period.
These immortal pieces express the close and complex connections between men and animals in Pre-Columbia America. In an aesthetical approach, the exhibition presents to the visitor's curiosity and proposes to his thought various aspects of Pre-Columbian as well as other old civilizations, which also represent their familiar animals on daily and ritual objects.
lire aussi; L'homme et ses masques de Barbier-Mueller à Paris Une expo exceptionnelle à ne pas manquer !!
et ses Masques à Genève
Thanks to the rich collections of the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva and Barcelona, an exceptional selection of 125 masks from all around the world could have been gathered for the first time in Europe, illustrating 5000 years of history of art. The poet Michel Butor staged sensitively the initiation, shamanism, theater, carnival or protection masks which enter into dialogue with chosen words. Thus these faces of wood, fibers and iron come into life. They reassure or terrorize, their faces light up with a smile or freeze into a tense grimace.
Seats constitute one of the most widespread forms of art in Africa. Whether they are destined for everyday use or for exceptional or official occasions, the incredible diversity of seats testifies to the existence of a variety of styles and aesthetic values.
Seating manners reveal the relations of power and domination at work within a cultural scheme that is based on hierarchy and social stratification: it is a privilege to sit.
And in the basement
For the first time, portable altars
(assin) are on display.
Of the three remaining basement rooms, one is dedicated to Africa while the other two are dedicated to Oceania and Indonesia
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