This exhibition presents the artists of the kingdom of Dahomey (1600-1894), in present-day Benin, through 82 works and 8 old graphic documents.
About the exhibition
Its objective is both to present their work and investigate their role and status within the Dahomey society, and more specifically in the capital of Abomey. Indeed, the artists chosen by the king enjoyed great privileges while being constrained by their allegiance. Through these artists' works, the exhibition will explore the different functions of art in Abomey.
This is done by associating the artists and families of artists with each type of object presented. This new approach is the fruit of research led by the scientific team and often results in an extremely precise attribution of certain works. Finally, the exhibition offers two perspectives: that of the country of origin (through the contribution of two scientists from Benin) and that of the French curator.
- Gaëlle Beaujean, head of the Africa collections at the musée du quai Branly
With the collaboration of
- Joseph Adandé, art historian at the Université d’Abomey-Calavi
- Léonard Ahonon, manager and curator of the royal palaces of Abomey site.
- Place: Mezzanine est
From Tuesday 10 November 2009 at Sunday 31 January 2010
Closed on mondayTuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10:30 am-07:00 pmThursday: 10:30 am-10:00 pmSaturday: 10:30 am-11:55 pm
- Public: All publics
- Categorie : Exhibitions
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