L'Afrique des routes

31 Jan — 12 Nov 2017 at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, France

L'Afrique des routes, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Musée du Quai Branly
L'Afrique des routes, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Musée du Quai Branly
19 APR 2017

Africa, a continent without a History? Although the preconceptions persist, the facts themselves are undeniable: Africans have never lived in isolation. Although ignored for a long time, exchanges within Africa, and outside of its borders, began thousands of years ago, well before independence, colonisation and the arrival of the first Portuguese ships at the end of the 15th century. This is demonstrated in the sculptures, gold and ivory pieces, paintings and other artworks presented in the African Routes exhibition.

This exhibition evokes the routes by river, land and sea that contributed to the movement and contact of men, materials and artworks, from the fifth millennium BC to the present day. Ranging from the chariots engraved in caves in Oued Djerat in the Sahara to the Chinese porcelain of Madagascar, from the Candomblé cults and rituals of South America to the contemporary mixed art of the Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, it presents a portrait of a continent at the centre of world history.