Monday, 10 August 2009
Woven Beauty: the Art of West African Textiles
Woven Beauty: the Art of West African Textiles is an important new exhibition at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel, Switzerland from 28.08.09 to 16.05.10.
"The Museum der Kulturen holds a significant collection of West African textiles that was assembled systematically in the mid-1970s. On a 16-month journey from Lagos to Dakar, which was funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the curator of the Africa department at the time, Renee Boser-Sarivaxevanis, and the present curator, Bernhard Gardi, collected roughly 1000 textiles at markets in towns and villages, and directly from producers and owners. Now, a generation later, and on the occasion of the 50th independence anniversary of many African nations, the Museum der Kulturan presents an exhibition showing a rich selection of classical, and now rare, textile art-works from Mali,Nigeria, Côte D’Ivoire, and Ghana. I will have a lot more to say about this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, which has an English edition, in the coming months.