Striking Exhibition at Quai Branly Museum

Nov-19-2019 Mar-29-2020

EXHIBITION/MUSEUM

Musée du Quai Branly

Striking Exhibition at Quai Branly Museum

Nov

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2019
Mar

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2020

Musée du Quai Branly host an exhibition entitled "Striking Iron, The Art of African Blacksmiths" from November 19, 2019 to March 29, 2020.

Musée du Quai Branly host an exhibition entitled "Striking Iron, The Art of African Blacksmiths" from November 19, 2019 to March 29, 2020. This exhibition unveils the complex and rich technical nature of one of the world’s most sophisticated wrought iron traditions. The exhibition presents a novel panorama of creations by these master blacksmiths for over 2,500 years through 230 exceptional works.
Very few places in the world have such a strong connection to iron as Sub-Saharan Africa. For over two millennia, the forging of one of the planet’s most fundamental materials has revolutionised the continent and profoundly shaped its communities and cultures, from fields to homes and from battlefields to religious sites. Under the hammer of African blacksmiths, masters of fire and virtuosos of transformation, the metal is cast, forged, beaten then metamorphosed into tools, or in some cases vested with social and spiritual power, always with incredible artistic sensitivity. Coordinated by American blacksmith and artist Tom Joyce, the exhibition "Striking Iron. The Art of African Blacksmiths" presents the vast diversity of forms and traditions surrounding iron in different regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. 230 pieces produced between the 17th century and the modern day, ranging from wood sculptures to currencies in a myriad of shapes and sizes, diverse musical instruments, weapons and prestigious objects, all attesting to the talent and technical sophistication of African blacksmiths, figures that are equally venerated and feared. A unique compilation of works taken from public and private collections, originating from over fifteen countries including Nigeria, Mali, Benin and the Democratic Republic of Congo, brought together at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in one of the most comprehensive displays ever presented.
"Striking Iron. The Art of African Blacksmiths" is organised by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles. The exhibition is made possible by major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support is also provided by the Martha and Avrum Bluming Exhibition Fund.
Address: Quai Branly 75007

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