In recent years, exhibitions, quality publications and the announcement of the creation of a major museum in Paris have increased public interest in African art. However, before becoming part of the universal heritage, this art was long denied by the academic world. It is true that African art was only discovered late, at the beginning of the 20th century, by a few artists and intellectuals such as Picasso, Braque, Vlaminck, Derain or Apollinaire, and it was then only appreciated for its sculptural qualities. However, African objects were brought back and then exhibited in ethnographic museums, created following the World's Fairs, from the beginning of colonization towards the second half of the 19th century. But it was not until the 1930s and the writings of authors such as Michel Leiris, the missions of ethnologists, and especially the fieldwork undertaken by Marcel Griaule in Mali among the Dogon, that the hidden dimension - religious or social - of these objects was discovered, to give them back their meaning.
This book is intended to give some keys to reading to the informed public as well as to the neophyte, addressing the major themes of African art: fertility, gods, symbols of power, speech. Starting with twelve major works, this tour presents about 150 illustrations of objects coming mainly from the collections of the Musée du Quai Branly, but also from other public and private collections in different countries.
Author: Hélène Joubert Color and black and white photographs
Editions: Scala Condition: very good Language: French Number of pages: 125Dimensions: 250 x 165 mm BrocadedISBN : 978-2866563769
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