A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Ethnographical Museum Antwerp
864 Ancestor statue Hemba (D.R. Kongo).
You can see some masterworks in this small Museum, like the Hemba above.
If you want to have the following book published by the Ethnographical Museum in Antwerp, I can send it to you, it's a must read. Mail me private. Price: 75 € expedition costs included.David Norden
December 2001 - 28th April 2002
Frans M. Olbrechts (1899-1958)
in Search of Art in Africa
a journey in search not of gold or ivory,
nor of ebony or radium, but of that which perhaps will
make Africa more famous than all these riches …
its art and artists. (Olbrechts 1940)
Belgian scholar Frans Olbrechts had a huge influence on the study of African
art. He may be regarded as the ‘spiritual father’ of the Ethnographic
Olbrechts was one of the first to describe and exhibit African art as art, rather than purely as ethnographica.
among various Native North American peoples and his travels in West Africa made
him realize that the art of non-Western cultures could only be understood
properly when studied in situ.
Two important ‘Antwerp’ events are at the heart of the present
exhibition: the ‘Congolese Art’ exhibition held in 1937–38 in the City Festival Hall on the Meir, and the ‘Ivory Coast Expedition of Ghent University and the Antwerp Vleeshuis Museum’, which was undertaken in 1938–39 with the support of a number of Antwerp patrons. Throughout the exhibition runs the theme of Olbrechts’s interest in the personality and work of the African artist.
Of the more than 1500 Congolese works of art Olbrechts assem-bled
in the Antwerp City Festival Hall, 72 have now been chosen from various Belgian museums and private collections.
Some of these rare and aesthetically outstanding works have not been exhibited since 1937–38.
The expedition to Côte d’Ivoire is illustrated in this exhibition by
a large number of masks, sculptures, utensils and jewellery, acquired in situ in 1938–39 by Olbrechts’s students Pieter Jan Vandenhoute and Albert Maesen during their fieldwork among the Dan, Wè and Senufo. These well-documented objects are placed in their original context by means of hitherto little-known photographs and films made during the expedition.
F. Olbrechts, P.J. Vandenhoute and A. Maesen
Ivory Coast Expedition
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