Mu.ZEE, Romestraat 11, 8400 Oostende (BE)
Opening: 2015/07/04 14:00
European Ghosts examines the Western perception of African art in the twentieth century. Which exotic and colonial ideas lie at the origin of ‘our’ perspective on primitive art, ‘art nègre’ and ethnic art? What role have European and African artists, writers and researchers played throughout the last century? Is there a shared heritage? How much has changed since Guillaume Apollinaire’s plea ‘Sur les musées’ (1908), in which he asked for space to be made in the Louvre for ‘exotic masterpieces’? Today, one hundred and seven years later: what image do we have of Africa nowadays, and what role does the ethnographic museum play within it? Which traces of colonial anthropology and ethnography are still at work today?
European Ghosts in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.