120 Central African treasures displayed in Chongqing
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- Recently, 120 pieces (sets) of statues from the Central African treasures were unveiled at the Three Gorges Museum. As the first stop of the world tour exhibition of “Walk into Africa - the art exhibition of China and African statue treasures”, part of the collection is on display for the first time.
Exhibit from “Walk into Africa - the art exhibition of China and African statue treasures”. (Photo provided by the sponsor)
Woodcarving is the crown jewel of African art, embodying the imagination and creativity of the African people. The carvings record their praise and celebration for the gods, ancestors and the world of life. It is one of the sources of inspiration for modern art.
Wang Youlin, the co-planner and leader of National Arts and Culture Co., Ltd., said, “The exhibits come from twelve different style regions in central Africa, the era is concentrated in 19th century to 20th century, and there are also some works from the 18th century.” There are hundreds of different races or cultures in Africa, and most of them use statues. Some of the statues on display were used in tribal rituals, which are an important carrier of African “ritual art”, and the true witness of African history, folklore and life. “Most of these collections are from private collectors and some are on display for the first time.”
“Walk into Africa - the art exhibition of China and African statue treasures” will be open to the public for free on June 8, to September 9. During the exhibition, the sponsor has specially set up a “Go into Africa” sales area of cultural and creative products. (Translated by Li Jing, Fathom Language Limited)