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Benin – 600 Years of Court Art from Nigeria



Photo courtesy of Musée du quai Branly, Paris 
Photo courtesy of Musée du quai Branly, Paris 
Benin – 600 Years of Court Art from Nigeria
GERMANY
BERLIN  •  Ethnologisches Museum  •  Ongoing
 

Ivory and bronze sculptures from the West African Kingdom of Benin, in present-day Nigeria, are among the continent’s most important and valuable works of art. The detailed workmanship and outstanding aesthetic quality of Benin’s royal sculpture has been compared to the work of the celebrated Renaissance artist, Cellini. Its wealth of iconographic detail conveys the sumptuousness of the royal court and its historical importance as a regional powerhouse in West Africa from the 16th through the 19th centuries.

In Benin – 600 Years of Court Art from Nigeria over 300 selected objects offer a broad survey of the royal arts and culture of the Kingdom of Benin from its inception in the fourteenth century to its overthrow by British forces in the late nineteenth century; the exhibition further documents the kingdom’s reconstitution during the colonial period and its continuity into the twenty-first century.

After Berlin, this show travels to the Art Institute of Chicago:  June 27 – September 21, 2008.



Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Web Site


Contact:

Ethnologisches Museum
Lansstrasse 8
14195 Berlin
Germany


Tel: (49) 30 8301 500

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