Secrets of Ivory, The art of the Lega of Central Africa

L'art de l'ivoire : l'art des Lega d'Afrique centrale

37 Quai Branly, Paris, 75007
Admission: EUR 16 (including EUR 9 entry fee to Quai Branly Museum) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 26/01/2014
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1100 - 1900
Wednesday: 1100 - 1900
Thursday: 1100 - 2100
Friday: 1100 - 2100
Saturday: 1100 - 2100
Sunday: 1100 - 1900
Closed on 25th December and 1st of May.
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With the exhibition Secrets of Ivory, The art of the Lega of Central Africa, the musée du quai Branly presents the masterpieces of Lega art, one of the most important artistic traditions of central Africa, preserved in the Jay T. Last collection of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Art plays a fundamental role for the Lega of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, both as a symbol of success, an educational tool and in the commemoration of the dead.

These works, linked to the Bwami initiation society, are used to teach lessons of morals and ethics. In the same way as language or bodily expression (mime and dance), the ideas conveyed by art express the values and ideals of Lega society.

Lega works, such as hats of mussel shells, leopard tooth necklaces, ivory spoons, cowrie shell belts, masks and figures sculpted in wood or ivory, are impressive in their inventiveness and elegance. However, their simplified forms and astonishingly innovative abstract volumes respect the aesthetic codes of the Lega, associating beauty and moral virtue.

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