Congo River

Arts of Central Africa

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Vue de l'exposition au Musée national d'anthropologie de Mexico
View of the exhibition in Mexico, 2016
© National Museum of Anthropologia, photo Ignacio Guevara

Through more than a hundred thematically organised objects, the exhibition offers visitors a chance to discover the artistic traditions of Central Africa.

Designed by Father François Neyt, art historian and expert on Central Africa, the exhibition highlights the unity that underlies the artistic productions from various Bantu speaking populations as well as the stylistic differences, perceptible from the west to the east, between works of a similar nature.

From the forests north of the Congo River to the southern grasslands, the journey highlights the artistic and structural links between works produced by the various communities of these regions, each carrying distinct cultures and traditions. Beyond the differences between the Fang, Hemba, Kwele or Kota people, there are indeed common styles or usages that provide insights into the masterpieces of Central Africa on display here.

  • Exhibition curator: Father François Neyt, art historian and expert on Central Africa
  • Number of works: 150
  • Surface area required: 600 - 800m²
  • Catalogue of the exhibition available (400 pages, Co-published by musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac/Fonds Mercator, 2010)

    This exhibition has been presented at:

    Views of the exhibition

    • Vue de l'exposition au musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
    • Vue de l'exposition au Musée national d'anthropologie de Mexico
    • Vue de l'exposition au musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
    • Vue de l'exposition au Musée des civilisations de Singapour
    • Vue de l'exposition au Musée national de Corée © National Museum of Korea
    • Vue de l'exposition au Château de Sédières © Château de Sédières

    Paris MQB, 2010

    © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Cyril Zannettacci