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The Congo River: Arts from Central Africa

The Congo River: Arts from Central Africa
PARIS  •  musée du quai Branly  •  Ongoing

From the forests in the north to the savannahs in the south, the exhibition brings out the links existing between the works produced in the areas lying on the banks of the majestic Congo River by various communities which speak the Bantu language.

Behind the variety of masks and Fang, Hemba, Kwele or Kota sculptures, the exhibition highlights the major works emanating from Central Africa, in their conception, their structures and the artistic links that bring them closer.

The three themes of the exhibition, fundamental in the life of these image-loving peoples, are complementary:

  • The "heart shaped face" masks and statues ensuring the unity and identity of the respective groups;
  • The importance of the founding ancestor and the eminent members of his lineage;
  • The representation of women in the kingdoms of the savannah, balancing the authority of men, linked to the mystery of regeneration of the earth, agriculture and human life.

musée du quai Branly Website

Detailed schedule information:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday : 11h - 19h
Thursday, Friday, Saturday : 11h - 19h

Contact: musée du quai Branly
37, quai Branly
75007 – Paris
Tel: (33) 1 56 61 70 00

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