- Published on 11 September 2010
This collection offers a wide variety of wooden masks and some iron that shape human figures, animals, dolls with hair braided by ethnicity or region, touched female masks that reveal the rite of passage from girl to woman, generally masks that were used and are still used in celebrations, initiations, crop demands. Most represent a spirit and there is a strong belief that the spirits of the ancestors possesses the wearer.
Anthropologically the word "art" understood in the European context does not exist in many African languages, the manufacture and use of masks is assumed that Africa is part of the experience of everyday life.
The concept of "art for art's sake" does not exist as such, it is failing activity (the creation of masks, face paints, fabrics, batik) to shape and embellish everyday life, and give significance to certain events such as the already mentioned: rites of passage, weddings, banquets, war ... and others.
Some artists of the last century such as Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Modigliani have been inspired by this "art" African for his paintings.
If we delve further into the anthropological vision of "art" African, we recommend the following from Jacques Maquet, which we review below and also the article by Ramon Sarro i Maluquer, "Object and context. The status of African artwork "
The aesthetic experience. The eye of an anthropologist on the art
Jacques Maquet Celeste / University, Madrid 1999
Is art just a beauty to the eye of the beholder? What happens to objects such as an African mask or an Etruscan sarcophagus or an Olivetti typewriter become "art by metamorphosis" and have their place in a museum or gallery with works of art by destination? What aspects of the art objects are essentially relevant? Aesthetic experience is it universal? Is it the same universal art and recognizable as such in different cultures?.
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