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Visual Encounters – Africa, Oceania and Modern Art

January 25 – May 24 2009



Baselstrasse 101, CH-4125 Riehen / Basel

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Once again, modern art and non-traditional arts are compared dialectically. In fact this is the subject of the new exposure (Visual Encounters – Africa, Oceania and Modern Art) at the Beyeler foundation of Basel: continuous dialogue and "intertextuality" that you can see by comparing the works of western artists with works of traditional African artists and  those of the "southern seas".


This is the very first time that in this important museum space an exhibition that focuses on arts premiers is held and, for the occasion, a small body of works from other countries that belong to the Foundation's collections is implemented by 180 important loans from 50 public and private collections. Standing out among other important Senufo, Mumuye, Dogon, and Kongo works, in addition to other sculptures from New Guinea, Vanuatu, French Polynesia and the Torres Strait, many of which have never before been exhibited in international exhibitions.


To "converse" with Africa and Oceania the famous paintings from the collections of the Beyeler foundation: Cézanne, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Braque, Mirň, Matisse, Léger, Mondrian, Rothko, Giacometti and Arp, just to name the most important.


The curator of the exhibition is Oliver Wick.  A catalogue will be published by Merian Verlag, Basel.