African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection
[ Bareiss collection ] [ Wisconsin-Elvehjem ] [ Kilengi ] [ Walter Bareiss Dies 87 ]
Attributed to Frafra peoples,
Ghana, gourd container, Lent by the Bareiss Family Collection of African Art
Museum of Art
800 University Ave. 263-2246.
Elvehjem Museum of
Art Friday, April 16, 2004 — Sunday, June 27, 2004
MONDAY, APRIL 12,
2004 text found at: http://news.amn.org/press.jsp?id=2143
MADISON, WI, (amnnews.com) — This exhibition features approximately
sixty objects including masks, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, and
textiles from about twenty cultural groups across sub-Saharan Africa.
Objects date from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. These
objects have been chosen for their aesthetic qualities and how they
illustrate ideas of performance, power, encounter, and design, just four
of countless perspectives to regard the collection. Masks from cultural
groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, and Mozambique, as
well as a pair of rare life-size wooden marionettes from Sukuma peoples
in Tanzania exhibit the creativity African societies bring to
performance. Such emblems of authority as leadership staffs and “power
figures” from Songye peoples of the Democratic Republic of Congo
demonstrate ideas of power. These dramatic figures were designed to
embody spiritual and ancestral power to influence and protect
individuals and communities. Another assortment of works from west and
central Africa concern encounter and contact between Africa and the
western world, through trade and colonialism. An eighteenth- to
twentieth-century wood and bronze crucifix from the Kongo peoples of the
Democratic Republic of Congo attests to the long and complex history of
Christianity brought by the Portuguese at the end of the fifteenth
century. A medley of personal arts such as pottery and textiles from
west to central Africa demonstrate inventive and dynamic design, among
which will be miniature, finely woven, covered baskets made by Tutsi
artists in Rwanda during the twentieth century. By looking at objects
relating to performance, power, encounter, and design in African art we
find multiple ways to consider African art and the magnitude of the
Bareiss Family Collection.
Bareiss Family Collection of African Art
Approximately 800 objects from various cultural groups from across
sub-Saharan Africa make up the Bareiss Family Collection of African Art,
which includes objects from Burkina Faso to Malawi, or from west to
southeastern Africa. Collector Walter Bareiss, now 84, and his wife
Molly have spent their lifetime collecting—artist’s books, Greek
vases, Japanese woodcuts, Chinese ceramics, in addition to African art.
Much of the African collection was formed during the 1970s and 1980s.
His children carry on an interest in African art. This collection is on
loan to the Elvehjem Museum of Art.read also: African
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Book : Kilengi
: African Art from the Bareiss Family Collection
by Christopher D. Roy, Kestner Gesellschaft, Gail Zlatnick, Kestner-Gesellschaft (Corporate Author)
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