Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Congo River: Arts of Central Africa

Another exhibition I went to while I was on a hiatus from my blog.
It's Congo River: Arts of Central Africa at Asian Civilisations museum.


We always follow the same route whenever we visit this museum. Exit from the Raffles Place train station, walk along Boat Quay, pass The Fullerton Hotel, cross the Cavenagh Bridge and reach the museum. It's quite a scenic route!


This exhibition explores various arts of the Congo which often represents nature spirits and authority figures.


The exhibition displayed mainly face masks and sculptures. It's really intriguing to look at these unique masks!


In the late 19th century, European collectors and artists were struck by the visual power of African sculpture. The stylised human forms found in Congo sculptures inspired leading artists to venture beyond naturalism. One such artist was Pablo Picasso who avidly collected African art.

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