Current exhibition

Echoes...
from the Royal Museum for Central Africa Sound Archives

Exhibiton Curator: Emilia Epštajn, Rémy Jadinon, Jean-Baptiste Nkulikiyinka

November 13th - December 20th, 2014


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NEWS and EVENTS

IROKO AWARD 2014 TO NARCISA KNEŽEVIĆ ŠIJAN,

ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART, BELGRADE

IROKO Awards interview with awardee N. K. Sijan, MAA director

The Iroko award is an international prize that has been awarded since 2012 to professionals in the field of music, visual art, medicine, as well as the communication and media fields, who in the best way represent the African continent. Also, this award is given to organizations that, in the current year, offered great contributions to the cultural and economic development between Africa and Eastern-European countries. This year, among the winners, are experts from Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Serbia.

Narcisa Knežević Šijan, a. d. director of the Museum of African Art, has received the honorary Iroko Award for life-long achievement. The prize was awarded at a ceremony, which took place on November 15th, 2014 in Budapest.

The iroko in West African Yoruba traditions is the symbol of greatness, one of the most characteristic and perhaps the most prominent tree species of Africa. It provides shade and protection for those in need. In many villages there is a huge Yoruba tree standing in the center of the settlement, which brings the inhabitants together trough different community activities, like buying and selling food and different baubles. As a symbol of great and authoritative actions the Iroko Awards might as well become the means of successful integration in the future.



WEEKEND-WORKSHOPS AT THE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN ART
through November and December 2014

Worshops for children and adults, as part of the MAA’s BLOCK WEEKEND-WORKSHOPS will take place through November and December, each Saturday and Sunday from 11-13h.


SATURDAYS: ECHOES ON PAPER workshops as part of the ongoing sound exhibition Echoes...

Saturday 22.11. / Saturday 29.11. / Saturday 6.12. / Saturday 13.12. / Saturday 20.12.


SUNDAYS: THE ART OF WEST AFRICA: THE BIRD MOTIF OF THE SENUFO PEOPLES workshop

Sunday 23.11. / Sunday 30.11. / Sunday 7.12. / Sunday 14.12. / Sunday 21.12.

Promotional price for all BLOCK-WEEKEND WORKSHOPS is 100 RSD per person (for all ages).


“MANCALA, GAME OF THOUGHT” EXHIBITION IN BOR !

October 24th – November 24th


MANCALA, GAME OF THOUGHT EXHIBITION IN BOR !

In collaboration with the Museum of African Art in Belgrade Mancala, game of thought exhibition is taking place at the Museum of Mining and Metallurgy Bor, Eastern Serbia. Mancala is a cognitive board game based on logical and mathematical combinatorics played in different variations on four continents: in Africa, Asia, South and North America. However, it is only in Africa that that it is played across the whole continent. It is considered to be one of the oldest games in the world and there is evidence of it that goes back to the Neolithic.

The multimedia and interactive exhibition “Mancala, Game of Thought“, by the Museum of African Art curator Ivana Vojt, is conceptualized so as to inform the public about the global character of this board game and at the same time offer the possibility of entering the world of mancala through the act of playing. The exhibition was displayed at the Museum of African Art in Belgrade from December 27th 2012 until October 6th 2013. The “Mancala, Game of Thought“ exhibition has received the honorary Project of the Year Award 2012.

Besides presenting mancala boards from different parts of Africa – Central, Eastern and Western – the exhibition consistently reflects the stylistic features of different ethnic groups, which can be found on the object itself in its form and types of sculptural enhancements. Particularly important from a museological point is their value due to the fact that they were used – the games were played on, that is, all objects on the exhibition were at some point a part of everyday life within the African community. The exhibition displays African mancala boards, counters and sculptures acquired by Belgian collector of African art, Guibert Hairson. In addition to this collection, the exhibition is enriched with objects from the Popović family collection and mancala boards from the Museum of African Art in Belgrade. Also as part of the exhibition’s concept, there are the video works that include interviews with the collector Guibert Hairson, Africans, Western and domestic curators, experts, archaeologists and other experts knowledgeable in this ancient game.


Egypt Remembered by Serbia

Egypt Remembered by Serbia

Project realization: Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Egypt, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Cairo and the Museum of African Art in Belgrade

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