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Title L'Africa delle meraviglie : arti africane nelle collezioni italiane = The wonders of Africa : African arts in Italian collections / a cura di/edited by Ivan Bargna, Giovanna Parodi da Passano

Publ Info Cinisello Balsamo, Milano : Silvana, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  N7380.5 .A3684 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript 202 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Note Catalog of an exhibition held in Genoa at the Palazzo ducale and the Castello d'Albertis Museo delle culture del mondo, Dec. 31, 2010-June 5, 2011
Includes bibliographical references
Italian and English
"The catalogue presents African artworks held in private Italian collections, most of which have never been exhibited before, together with essays by leading specialists in the field. Masks, alter figures, fetishes and objects for ritual and everyday use thus provide a unique occasion to discover a little understood artistic legacy, starting from the experience of those who have ably assembled these astonishing collections. How should we approach African art? There do they come from, what lives have they led, and how did they get here? What do we see when we look at them? Africa has always been a source of wonder for us and, more recently, so have African arts, tempting us to strike out on a journey, be it real or imaginary. In order to restore or simply evoke the aesthetic, sensorial and symbolic experience of the Africans who fashioned and used those works of art, however, we need to squarely face the fact, so mundane and so obvious as to have become invisible, that these objects are often found in the West and not in Africa at all. This is the first thing we should really wonder at. Our starting point shall not be the African villages, therefore, but the collectors' own homes, the places where many works of Africa art reside today. We shall try to understand how culture and the world in which we live orient our gaze and allow us to see some things and not others." P [4] of cover
LC subject Art, African -- Exhibitions
Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Italy -- Exhibitions
Art -- Private collections -- Italy -- Exhibitions
Add Author Bargna, Ivan, 1962-
Parodi da Passano, M. Giovanna
Genova Palazzo ducale Fondazione per la cultura
Museo delle culture del mondo
Alt Title Wonders of Africa : African arts in Italian collections
ISBN 9788836619498