A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
Kunstkamera Sint Petersburg
Next June 2006, there is scheduled an opening of a new African exposition
of the Museum of Anthropology (Kunstkamera). In this relation, they are organizing a scholarly conference. The conference theme covers the
entire problematics of the African anthropological museology and related matters.
COLLECTIONS ON THE LIFE AND CULTURE OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLES
The first african item was received in 1836. The last receipt is dated 1997. The collections count 12,000 items from all regions of Africa. One third of them come from Ethiopia. The majority of the collections were formed in late 19th - early 20th century by such collectors as V. V. Junker, E. Golub, A. Mansfeld, G. Meyer, L. Frobenius, D. A. Olderogge ( library gift of particular value). as well as by the doctors of the Russian Sanitary Brigade in Ethiopia (A. I. Kokhanovsky, N. Brovtsyn, and others).
Recently, V. R. Arsenyev has made contributions in the collections and also U.S. Consul General Morris Hughes (see article below).
African art Exhibition
Area: 261 sq. m. (856 sq. ft.)
American diplomat donates his African art collection to St. Petersburg Kunstkamera Russian museum
by IRINA TITOVA 2005-04-18
An American diplomat donated his African art collection to a museum in St. Petersburg on Monday, saying that he wanted to give treasures from his days in Cameroon and Burundi to a city where he had experienced his happiest professional moments.
U.S. Consul General Morris Hughes, 59, who is set to retire and
leave his post Tuesday, delivered his African collection to the city's Museum of
Anthropology and Ethnography, or Kunstkamera.
The men, dressed in civilian clothes, took him to a police station and
started to question him about the pictures.
In those days, when he was immediately recognizable as an American, even in a restaurant Russians would immediately leave out of fear of being persecuted. The Soviet Union gave him the impression of "a country that had a black coat on it."
Now "the coat" is off and the sun is shining in, he said.
Things have changed since then, though.
However, he will take his entire collection of Russian souvenirs with him.
Hughes said he will continue to work part-time for the State Department as an inspector for different consulates.
Discover the African Art books I like or join me on facebook
African Antiques is the archive and not growing much anymore but still updated.
Visit African Art to join our free newsletter and read recent African Art News.
For the last news about Kunstkamera-Petersburg you should join our African Art Club and become an insider of the African art market.
And if you are a collector of African Art, have a look at our exclusive African Art Collection for sale.
Tribal Arts of Africa
read also :
mail David Norden phone +32 3 227.35.40