African Art: The World Bank Collections by Alexandre Marc PDF

By Alexandre Marc

ISBN-10: 0585180547

ISBN-13: 9780585180540

ISBN-10: 0821341952

ISBN-13: 9780821341957

African creative expression has helped to build tradition, shape social identification, and aid non secular conversation. the alternative of the realm Bank's African assortment for a list stems from the popularity through many paintings specialists that the financial institution is domestic to a wealthy and helpful assortment that merits to be greater identified by way of employees, representatives from member nations, and the general public at huge. The ebook screens African paintings from prior to offer, African artwork on the international financial institution, and African artwork and society.

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Happily, however, somewhere along the line, other Africans began to query the contradiction provided by the fact that these primitive and idolatrous objects are highly sought after in the Western world. One result of the query was the resurgence of interest in the African past for the purpose of reconstructing the African identity. But this task is enormous and requires a concerted effort through archaeological and ethnographic activities and the integration of culture into the educational system.

55) In addition to specific deities, many Africans believe in protective spirits who can manipulate the forces of nature. In Burkina Faso the Bwa and Nuna pay tribute to the invisible spirits in their environment by the performance of masquerades at initiations and funerals. 3) feature zoomorphic elements combined with geometric designs painted in red, black and white. The patterns are said to symbolize complex cosmological beliefs with multiple layers of meaning that can be fully revealed to the initiated only.

The collection is managed by the World Bank Art Program Unit.  #15) Page 1 1 African Art at the World Bank. Ismail Serageldin In these days of electronic communications and economic insecurities, of companies and international institutions without boundaries, of globalization and individualism, what does a collection of African traditional art have to say to usespecially a collection transplanted into the heart of the World Bank Group, a multilateral international development institution? It has plenty to say.

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