Welcome to the National Museum of African Art’s Collections! It would characteristic nearly twenty talks with the participation of 60/70 international speakers, illustrating and discussing new experimental models of museums, art spaces, foundations, residencies, in addition to the multiplicity of new narratives generated throughout the continent by established and younger creatives.
Stylistic variations within the two major regions of the southern savanna and the northern rainforest can best be seen by subdividing the areas in keeping with the kingdoms which have determined the social, political, and creative lives of the people.
Themes found throughout Dogon sculpture encompass figures with raised arms, superimposed bearded figures, horsemen, stools with caryatids, ladies with youngsters, figures overlaying their faces, girls grinding pearl millet, girls bearing vessels on their heads, donkeys bearing cups, musicians, canine, quadruped-shaped troughs or benches, figures bending from the waist, mirror-pictures, aproned figures, and standing figures (Laude, forty six-52).
The masks, of wooden or cloth, are employed in quite a lot of dramas: social satires, sacred rituals (for ancestors and invocation of the gods), initiation, second burials, and public festivals—which now include Christmas and Independence Day. Teke face masks, flat disks painted in vibrant polychrome, are extremely schematic types bearing no naturalistic associations.
In his time, Simpasa was an internationally renowned artist, and sculpture and drawing have been his favourite media, but it has been reported that art was so deeply ingrained in him that he painted and created music as properly. These copper-alloy castings, along with pottery sculptures (the traceable history of which fits back even farther), are the main proof for the early historical past of sculpture in sub-Saharan Africa.