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Royal Museum for Central Africa Mask Exhibition

The exhibition features 180 masks. Over 100 are from the collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. The remainder are loans from Belgian private collections and a European project’s four partner museums:

These ritual masks are juxtaposed with contemporary works by African artists or African diaspora members, which explore the question of identity, self-respect and representation of the Other.

Exhibition

A mask hides an identity, or reveals it.
The traditional mask, used during African ceremonies and festivals, is always more than the wooden face worn by the dancer: it allows an entity to take shape, with its own way of dancing and moving. The wearer transforms into another person, a deity, sometimes even an animal.

The exhibition presents 180 masks in an original way, grouped according to 18 themes including the history of the collection and the role of the mask in communication with the supernatural, in the harvest, during initiation rituals, at funerals, etc.

(Source: africamuseum.be)

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