03 Oct 2017 21 Jan 2018

In their native forests

Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa

Atlantic Equatorial Africa has given the African arts some of its most extraordinary masterpieces. From the visual power of the Fang people to the naturalist elegance of the Punu, the collection offers an overview of the main artistic styles observed across this extensive region.

About the exhibition

The cultural region encompassing the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Southern Cameroon and the West of the Republic of Congo at the heart of Atlantic Equatorial Africa is one of great sculptural tradition. The expertise of Fang, Kota, Tsogo and Punu artists when it comes to plastics is notably showcased in a form of religious sculpture linked to the Cult of Ancestors and spirit masks. These types of major arts played a key role in shaping the modern perspective in the West when they were discovered in the early 20th century by artists such as Picasso, Derain and Braque.

The exhibition offers a detailed insight into the main styles showcased in a selection of symbolic - and often unique - works from major public and private collections in a "classic" approach to art history. It provides an opportunity not only to explore the similarities and transformations between and the defining features of the art produced by the various populations that live within this extensive area that has been shaped by migration, but also, in short, to uncover the creativity and extraordinary originality of the art produced by each of the populations living within the Atlantic Equatorial forest.

The exhibition In their native forests. Arts of Atlantic Equatorial Africa benefits from exceptional loans by Musée Barbier-Mueller and Musée Dapper.

  • Curator

    • Yves Le Fur, Director of the Heritage and Collections Department at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
  • Place:   Galerie Jardin
  • TimeSlots:  
    From Tuesday 03 October 2017 at Sunday 21 January 2018
  • Closed on monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  10:30 am-07:00 pm
    Thursday:  10:30 am-10:00 pm
  • Accessibility:
    • Handicap visuel
    • LSF
    • Handicap auditif bim (T)
    • Handicap moteur
  • Public:   All publics
  • Categorie : Exhibitions
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Les Forêts natales | Exposition au musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
Bande annonce de l'exposition "Les Forêts natales. Arts d’Afrique équatoriale atlantique" au musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, du mardi 3 octobre 2017 au dimanche 21 janvier 2018. Plus d'informations sur http://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/expositions-evenements/au-musee/expositions/details-de-levenement/e/les-forets-natales-37625/
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