04/01/2007

Men in Congo Art

Men in Congo Art

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Same kind of exhibition in 1955 at the Palais des Beaux Arts (now called Bozar) was for a lot of people a kind of discovery but due to the too much modesty at the time, only heads where on show.

The present exhibition is going deeper into the cultural ranges of the central Africa Society.

Men and women do not live together but in two separate worlds with definite priorities governed by traditional rules. Men are warriors or hunters, women have to give birth to the next generation to continue the tribal story and evolution.

Jewels, generally small, are there to remember and especially during the initiation rites that the roles are to be the only ones, once and for all

The male functions are clearly represented by penises, just considered as the masculinity symbol and gender indicators and sometimes more subtle they are replaced by phallic dolls kept by girls during their initiatory period.

All these objects or traditional jewels made of ivory or wood, show the main rules of existence and if considered here as purely decorative, people must keep in mind they are the basic ground of a whole civilisation. As regards ethnology such an exhibition is something rather important and not only an aesthetical event. That is why you have to see it at the soonest.

Anita NARDON

Congo Gallery,
Impasse Saint-Jacques 25,
1000 Brussels
phone 02 511 47 67

Until Jan. 27, 2007
Wednesday to Friday from 2:30 to 6:30 pm
Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm



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