The Native Forests. Arts of the Atlantic Equatorial Africa

Paris, France

October 03, 2017 - January 21, 2018 Exhibition October 03, 2017 January 21, 2018 Europe/London The Native Forests. Arts of the Atlantic Equatorial Africa 37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

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Equatorial Africa has given the African arts some of its most outstanding masterpieces. From the plastic power of the Fang to the naturalist elegance of the Punu, a panorama of the main artistic styles of this vast region. In the heart of Atlantic Equatorial Africa, the cultural area encompassing the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Southern Cameroon and the West of the Republic of Congo, is a region of great sculptural tradition. The plastic genius of the artists Fang, Kota, Tsogo and Punu is particularly illustrated in a religious sculpture linked to the cult of ancestors and the masks of spirit. Through a selection of emblematic - and often unique - works of major public and private collections, the exhibition proposes to study its main styles, in the manner of a "classical" art history. To explore the correspondences, mutations and peculiarities of the artistic production of the numerous groups inhabiting a vast area shaped by the migrations. To reveal, in short, the creativity and exceptional originality of the arts of each of the peoples of the Atlantic equatorial forest.


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