The version of your Internet browser browser name is too old to make the best of Citibreak.
We recommend that you use another Internet browser or make an update of your current one by clicking on this link

Beyond Compare : Art from Africa in the Bode-Museum

Bode Museum | Berlin
Price
€6 - €12
Presentation
The exhibition ‘Beyond Compare’ introduces superlative works of art from Africa from the Ethnologisches Museum into the peerless sculpture collection of the Bode-Museum. Pairs of sculptures from both continents will be placed throughout the permanent collection and a special-exhibition gallery will address specific themes.

The experimental juxtaposition of works from two continents reveals possible correlations on various levels, including historic contemporaneity, iconographic and technological similarities, and artistic strategies. Despite stylistic differences, striking similarities appear in the ways works of art function in both contexts. Power figures from the Congo were used to protect villages and communities, just as Gothic depictions of the Virgin of Mercy were. At the same time comparisons also expose contrasts, as with depictions of motherhood, which rely on different visual languages in Africa and Europe and convey different messages.

Every visit to a museum prompts viewers to compare and interpret objects, but what does it mean to identify similarities and differences?

The exhibition raises several questions. What insights can we gain from the joint display of works of art with different histories? What are the consequences of assigning to separate museums objects that once all belonged together in the collection of the Kunstkammer of Brandenburg-Prussia? Why were some of these objects classified as ethnological artefacts and others as works of art? The implicit process of comparing, separating, and assigning objects to different collections was a fundamental step in the foundation of the Berlin museums and the definition of their respective missions. In the process many objects from Africa were defined as ethnological artefacts, while other objects of comparable artistry from European ritual contexts remained in art museums.

The act of comparing and identifying is therefore not neutral, but charged with socially defined prejudices, conventions, and constructions of history. It also governed by the experiences of the individuals who draw the comparisons. Defining two things as similar or different is often related to power. The process of comparison is thus closely tied to questions of collection history, aesthetics, colonialism, and gender. The exhibition and the accompanying app will illuminate these themes from a variety of perspectives.
Hours

On view 10/27/2017 06/02/2019

10:00 - 18:00

Click on a calendar date to display the venue opening time

Other information

Contact details

  • Name: Bode Museum
  • Address: Am Kupfergruben - 10117 - Berlin - Allemagne
  • Phone: (49) 030 266 42 4242

Services

Café, Boutique

Activities

Exposition, Visite guidée, Atelier

Nearby
You Might Also Like