Monday, October 5

Kongo: Power and Majesty

"A landmark presentation that will radically redefine our understanding of Africa’s relationship with the West, Kongo: Power and Majesty, opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this September, will focus on one of the continent’s most influential artistic traditions, from the earliest moment of direct engagement between African and European leaders at the end of the 15th century through the early 20th century. The creative output of Kongo artists of Central Africa will be represented by 146 works drawn from more than 50 institutional and private collections across Europe and the United States, reflecting five hundred years of encounters and shifting relations between European and Kongo leaders. From a dynamic assembly of 15 monumental power figures to elegantly carved ivories and finely woven textiles, the exhibition will explore how the talents of Central Africa’s most gifted artists were directed toward articulating a culturally distinct vernacular of power. ..."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
NY Times: A Lost African Civilization, and a Sculpture That Tells Its Story
NY Times - Review: ‘Kongo: Power and Majesty’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Guardian - Kongo: Power and Majesty review – African treasures inspire awe at the Met
Yale Press: Kongo
YouTube: Kongo "Power and Majesty" exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art