The Arts of Africa

Long Term Installation

Over 250 works spanning more than 2,500 years represent art from the African continent in the Museum's first-floor galleries. Additional related art from ancient Egypt and Islamic North Africa can be found in the second- and third-floor galleries. The main focus of the African collections is on sculpture from West and Central Africa.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, United States.
From Thursday 01 January 2009 to Tuesday 01 January 2013

'Elvis' Mask for Nyau Society image Mask for the Okuyi Society (Mukudj) image Three-Headed Figure (Sakimatwemtwe) image Banda Mask image Beaded Crown (Ade) of Onijagbo Obasoro image Chief's Chair image Kuosi Society Elephant Mask image Red Escape II image Emblem of the Leopard Spirit Society (Nkpa) image Figure of a Hornblower image Snake Pendant image Figure of Mother and Child (Phemba) image Funerary Headdress (Tugunga) image Skipping Girl image The Nguabu Master image Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri) image Lipiko Mask image Vessel image Mother with Child (Lupingu Lua Luimpe) image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Thursday 12 July 2012.
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African Galleries, 1st Floor
The art on view in the first-floor galleries ranges from ancient Nubian pottery and sculpture, Berber jewelry, and West African masks to East African beadwork, Ethiopian processional crosses, and a contemporary ceramic vessel by the Kenya-born artist Magdalene Odondo.

The gallery is arranged geographically, as if the viewer were moving across Africa—first from west to east and then, as the gallery turns, from north to south. The gallery seeks to celebrate the creative artistic genius of African artists by presenting exceptional examples of their work. At the same time it tries to help the viewer understand the cultural context in which these pieces were made and used. The groupings reflect stylistic relationships among objects produced in individual cultures as well as relationships among the diverse cultures found in Africa. Labels and panels describe the role that art plays in African life, while photographs and videos illustrate how, in many of these societies, art continues to transmit the traditions and values that have sustained African peoples for thousands of years.

Among the most famous pieces on view in the gallery are a figure of a hornblower,