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"Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World in the 16th and 17th Centuries," will have 300 objects from Brazil, the Persian Gulf, Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Japan and China. The three-month show, which was formally announced at a news conference in Lisbon, will open June 23, 2007. The exhibit will take up so much space that some of it will overflow into the Smithsonian's adjacent National Museum of African Art.

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Never-before-seen and rarely seen pieces

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of African Art will present a major new exhibit entitled "Treasures." It will feature over 70 objects from the museum's permanent collection as well as private collections across the United States, including never-before-seen and rarely seen pieces. The selected objects exemplify the highest aesthetic and technical achievement. 

A limited edition folio will accompany the exhibit, marking the first time that a number of the objects have been published.

"Treasures," is the first in a series of exhibits that interweaves premiere pieces from the museum's collection with artworks from private collections throughout the United States. 

National Museum of African Art
Smithsonian Institution
November 17, 2004 - August 7, 2005

The National Museum of African Art was originally formed in 1964 as a private educational foundation devoted to the traditional arts of Africa. Today, the museum houses over 7,000 artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa, including masks, carvings, gongs clothing and more. These artifacts represent hundreds of African cultures as well as the work of contemporary African artists.

The permanent collection is divided into five sections: the sculpture of sub-Saharan Africa, the art of Benin, the pottery of Central Africa, the archaeology of the ancient Nubian city of Kerma, and the artistry of utilitarian objects. These are displayed in addition to numerous traveling exhibits.

 

eyema bieri 72-41-3-Treasures Smithsonian WashingtonReliquary guardian figure (eyema bieri)
Fang peoples, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea
 
Late 19th-early 20th century
Wood, oil H x W x D: 58.7 x 17.8 x 15.9 cm (23 1/8 x 7 x 6 1/4 in.)
National Museum of African Art, gift of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, 72-41-3
Photography by Franko Khoury

This Fang figure was formerly in the Agnes Meyer collection. In 1918, while at Maurice de Zayas's Modern Gallery in New York it was photographed by Charles Sheeler.

nkisi nkondi 91-22-11-T reasures  Washington Male figure (nkisi nkondi)
Kongo peoples, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Late 19th-mid 20th century
Wood, mirror glass, iron, pigment, cloth, plant fiber, horn, nails H x W x D: 42.7 x 26.6 x 19.3 cm (16 13/16 x 10 ½ x 7 5/8 in.)
National Museum of African Art, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kuhn, 91-22-1
Photography by Franko Khoury

Although relatively small in size, this nkisi must have been large in power with a dozen attached containers for "medicines."

 

 

Gold Baule- 2001-9-1- Treasures Washington.Female figure (sika blawa)
Baule peoples, Côte d'Ivoire
 
Late 19th-early 20th century
Wood, gold foil, glass beads
H x W x D: 27.5 x 6.5 x 7.5 cm (10 13/16 x 2 9/16 x 2 15/16 in.)
National Museum of African Art, museum purchase, 2001-9-1
Photography by Franko Khoury

Formerly in the Hubert Goldet collection, this figure exemplifies Baule aesthetics.

 

 

Luba stool -2000-22-1-Treasures-WashingtonLuba Stool

Luba peoples, Kabalo region, Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Mid-late 19th century  
Wood, glass beads 
H x D: 53.3 x 35 cm (21 x 13 3/4 in.)
 
National Museum of African Art, gift from the Kuhn Family Trust, 2000-22-1
Photography by Franko Khoury

Distinctive in style, this stool also retains its surface acquired through use, unlike many pieces that were polished by their European collectors.

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National Museum of African Art Celebrates Silver Anniversary


United States Department of State (Washington, DC)

August 12, 2004 By Brian Kaper Washington, DC

One of the most important U.S. institutions in the preservation of African culture and history will reach a milestone on August 13, as the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art enters its 25th year. The museum's silver anniversary will be observed through a series of planned festivities and new attractions in the coming months.

The celebration will begin with a "Community Day" on September 18. Visitors will be given the chance to sample unique African foods, and entertainment will include native music, dance and games. Various storytellers will also be on hand to bring a sense of African culture to revelers.

Sharon Patton, director of the National Museum of African Art, is looking forward to the events that will mark the museum's anniversary. Among the highlights for the commemoration will be the opening of the newest exhibit, "Treasures." The showcase is scheduled to premier November 19, and will include sculptures and masks.

"[The National Museum of African Art] will be using the exhibition 'Treasure' as a kickoff for the anniversary. There will be 74 sculptures on display, including some 50 from private collectors. Several pieces have never before been seen, and for some it will be the first such showing in seventeen years," she said.

In keeping with the anniversary's chronological namesake, an exhibition comprised of silver artifacts, including jewelry and sculptures, titled "The Art of the Personal Object," will open to the public at a later date. A film series, showcasing Africa, is also planned.

The upcoming features will be the latest in a history of vibrant exhibits at the African Art Museum. Beginning in 1979, when the museum was integrated into the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African Art has showcased master Yoruba carver Olowe of Nigeria; Ethiopian icons from the 17th through 19th centuries; and Sue Williamson's acclaimed exhibit, "Last Supper Revisited."

Patton feels that the marriage of the National Museum of African Art with the Smithsonian has made it possible for the museum to host some of these exceptional exhibits.

"This alliance has led to a recognition of African contributions to art and history. This recognition has allowed us to gain access to works owned by private collectors. Pieces owned by collectors are sometimes items that may not have been seen by the public in 10 or 20 years, or not seen in the United States at all," Patton said.

Although the facility will be celebrating its 25 years as a member of the Smithsonian, it has only been located on the National Mall since 1987. Prior to the passage of the 1979 Congressional act to add the Museum of African Art to the Smithsonian, it was based in a Capitol Hill townhouse formerly owned by abolitionist Frederick Douglass, known then as the Center for Cross Cultural Communication.

Patton said her staff is continuing to work on ways to improve the museum. Under consideration are an expansion of the museum's website, as well as ways of further utilizing technology to enhance programming. Recent renovations have also been completed to allow patrons a better viewing experience of the exhibits.

Patton summed up the thought process that has allowed the museum to become one of the world's premier facilities dedicated to African art and culture. "We need to preserve the past to understand the present and to help us move into the future."

(The Washington File is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov )

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