Africa is considered the cradle of humankind. All our ancestors came from that continent. Today, Africa comprises 50 countries and is unique in the world for its huge diversity of languages and cultures. The exhibition presents impressive examples of traditional art from sub-Saharan Africa. These include bronzes from the court of the Kingdom of Benin, power figures from the Congo region, centuries-old ivory carvings from West Africa, and fascinating ancestor sculptures or masks from Mali all the way to Tanzania.
The famous “Blauer Reiter” artists Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky sought, and found, inspiration for their own works in the Munich Africa collection.
A particular focus of the exhibition is on works of internationally renowned contemporary artists such as Romuald Hazoumè, Pieter Hugo, and Ransome Stanley. New exhibits include a coffin in the shape of a sports shoe created by the Ghanaian artist Paa Joe and important African-inspired examples from Western design history such as the “Tam Tam” stool by Matteo Thun and the “ABC Stools” by Charles and Ray Eames.
The interactive work of art “La Source” by the Togolese diaspora artist Amouzou Glikpa enjoys particular popularity. Let yourself be surprised by the wise words of a talking shoe.