Persona. Masques d’Afrique: identités
cachées et révélées
Museé royal de l’Afrique
3080 Tervuren – Belgique (15 km. from Bruxelles)
April 24th 2009 to January 3rd 2010
The new exhibition at the
MRAC Tervuren is dedicated to the theme of identity, how it manifests itself
in masks of African populations. The masks used in traditional dances and
rituals sometimes have the function to hide the true identity of the masked
but sometimes to reveal its true essence, possessed by spirits or invested
with a particular role in society, and this review attempts to clarify the
complex dynamics that underlie this type of mechanisms.
In display are more than
100 specimens, including a hundred from the inside collection of the museum
and the others borrowed from major museums (such as the Musée du quai Branly
in Paris, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, the Museum of Rome
Pigorini) or Belgian private collections.
The antique pieces are also
compared to works by contemporary African artists, almost recreating an
invisible dialogue between the past and the present.
The catalogue, published by
MRAC and 5 Continents Editions, is edited by Anne-Marie Bouttiaux, curator
of the Museum and of the exhibition, and includes a text by Pierre Roger