Current exhibition

“Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul”
From the Pierluigi Peroni Collection

Exhibition by Marija Ličina, curator

December 26th 2013 - October 30th 2014




October 24th – November 24th


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.

Friday, October 24th

6 pm Exhibition Opening and „Mancala Rules” - mancala meetup groups for adultes, visitors will have the opportunity to learn and play mancala themselves.

To become a good “mancalist” no previous knowledge is necessary. The rules are simple however it is not easy to score. What is developed through mancala is quick calculation, strategic thinking and tactics. Also, playing mancala is a good opportunity to develop communicational skills, forge friendships and meet new people.Mancala boards will be provided by the Museum of African Art.

Saturday, November 24th

11 am – 12 noon „How to play mancala board game?” – mancala meetup groups for kids

MAA curators will show children how to play mancala. After learning the rules and playing the game, children will be instructed how to make a portable mancala out of egg boxes.

1 pm „The origine and significance of Mancala board game”

guidin tour through the „Mancala, game of thought”exhibition for adults by Ivana Vojt, exhibition curator and catalogue author.

We announce final dates before the exhibition ends,
don’t miss to visit our programs for all ages


Guided Tour through the “Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul“
& Creative Workshop for Kids age 3 to 13

Every Sunday in October (5th, 12th, 19th & 26th October),
from 11am to 1pm, at the Museum of African Art


More than three hundred objects displayed at the “Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul” exhibition will provide a rich inspiration for the kids to shape their own art works – horseman statuettes in clay – at the workshop guided by Milica Josimov, sculptor. At the same time, older visitors will be given guided tour through the current exhibition, with curators of the Museum of African Art (Dragan Mišković / Marija Ličina).

The exhibition „Kotoko Equestrians, Guardians of the Soul“showcases talismans of the Kotoko people, casted in bronze in the shape of miniature equestrian figures, which are only few centimeters large. These talismans, known as the “Kotoko equestrians” were worn as pendants on necklacess and bracelets and they had an important function of protecting a man’s soul from the erratic spirits.

The objects presented at the exhibition belong to Italian collector of African Art, Pierluigi Peroni. His collection was first shown in 2011 in Milan, at the Passion Oratory of the St. Ambrogio Basilica.

The promotional price is 100 dinars per person (all ages)

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

Read the publication here.

It is our pleasure to present

The Museum of African Art's FIRST E-Publication


Author: Ana Sladojević, PhD

Muzej afričke umetnosti, Konteksti i reprezentacije

“The Museum of African Art: Contexts and Representations” by art theoretician Ana Sladojević, PhD, is a new book which will be available and free to download on the Museum’s official web-site (Publications > E-Publications) on May 5th, 2014. The book is an edited version based on the doctoral dissertation defended at the Group for Theory, Arts and Media, part of the Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Professor Nevena Daković, PhD. Apart from being the first doctoral dissertation that deals with the Museum of African Art: the Veda and dr Zdravko Pečar Collection, in the wider context of African arts representations, this book is at the same time the first exclusively electronic publication of the Museum, available to all on the museum’s web page.

The Forward to the book was written by Olga Manojlović Pintar, PhD, who in the field of the theoretical considerations of African arts representations in Serbia, states the following: Succeeding the pioneering project of Dejan Sretenović “Black Body, White Masks”, the book by Ana Sladojević, “The Museum of African Art: Contexts and Representations”, is a valuable contribution to this complex issue. She has offered answers to the mentioned questions, but at the same time opened new topics for consideration. By deliberating on the problems of the representation of the cultures and civilisations of Africa, she has clearly underlined the impossibility of simplified equalisation of Yugoslav practices with the imperialistic politics of European metropolises, as well as the unsustainability of insisting on a filtered approach devoid of dominant cultural content that were the product of modernist times. (Manojlović Pintar, 2014: viii)

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