A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
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Heidelberg, 1 March 2007, All images taken by a German friend.
One commentary from a visitor:
"Oh look, this is one of the moooost
All the decorative pieces can be seen at http://www.gabon-art.com/africa/english/galerie.htm
by David Norden 26 February 2007
The Heidelberg Museum in Germany has a new exhibition called "Kunst aus Afrika".
Last year they had also an exhibition about Gabun Art
It is incredible to see that the Museum director Dr. Margareta Pavaloi is doing as if here nose is bleeding, and that she doesn't know the pieces are recent counterfeits of known African Art pieces. I called her last year about her Gabon exhibition and she told me that she isn't the expert on African Art. I told her she should take contact with the known experts in the field on Gabonese art and even gave her a list of known experts.
But this year she did even worse: She looked in her reserves and mixed the Museum pieces with the faked items, and even did not mention witch ones where collected a long time ago from those recent .
The catalogue is this year also produced with detailed and clear pictures, but the description of the pieces as last year makes you think it are all old pieces. If you need a catalogue from clear fake pieces for 100 € you will find the copy and paste link below the page.
When you don't know a thing about African Art you think everything is authentic.
This kind of exhibition is setup just for commercial reasons, and the fact that an official Museum is giving its caution is destroying the work from all the other Museums conservators
The self named experts who did this shameless exhibition (Do not ask them for serious work - the only one who worked seriously was the photographer ):
Dr. Cees op´t Land, cultural anthropologist, curator
African art Museum voor Volkenkunde Rotterdam;
Dr. Bernd Leicht, Heidelberg, cultural anthropologist;
Die schöpferische Kraft Afrikas hat nicht nur zu
kultureller Mannigfaltigkeit geführt, sondern spiegelt sich auch in reichen
künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen wieder.
Die Ausstellung zeigt Falsche Masken, Figuren und counterfeited Ritual objekte aus West- wie auch Äquatorial- und Zentralafrika. Vielfalt, Umfang und Art der Zusammenstellung erlauben hierbei einen tiefen Einblick in das kreative und expressive Kunstschaffen vieler afrikanischer Ethnien.
Zu der Ausstellung liegt ein Katalog vor 100 € :
25. Februar 2007 - 15. Juli 2007
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