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    Man Ray Noire et blanche, 1926, Épreuve gélatino-argentique négativesur papier non baryté © Centre Pompidou, MNAM–CCI / Man Ray Trust / 2015 Pro Litteris, Zurich

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    Alexandre Iacovleff, Titi et Naranghé, Planche en couleur n° 36, 1927, Collection privée © François Bertin, Grandvaux

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    Suzanne Castille, Mangbetou woman, ca. 1925,

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    Félix Vallotton, Soldats sénégalais au camp de Mailly, 1917, Musée départemental de l’Oise, Beauvais. © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda

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    Plane and "janus" figure, Yoruba, Nigeria, ca. 1950.

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White Man - Black Man

Impressions of Africa

27 June – 25 October 2015 // closed on Monday and Tuesday

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s second summer exhibition will highlight the deep relationship Western and African arts have built up over the centuries.

Since medieval times, Europeans have set up trading posts up and down the coast of Africa, providing welcome ports of call on the route to India which fostered trading in European fabrics, glass beads and metals for carved African objects and ivory.

However, it was not until the latter half of the 19th century that Europeans truly grasped the full extent of the wealth of the African continent and embarked on systematic colonization. Exploration of the vast inland areas involved the English, French, Belgians, etc., in a veritable race against time. The army would march in first, followed by the missionaries, scientists and merchants. This enthusiasm for Africa could be seen through the prism of the Great Exhibitions at the time and its influence was omnipresent, especially in art.

The exhibition presents works ranging from the 17th to the 20th century by European ‘Africanist’ artists as well as African artists. White and black would watch, discover and admire each other … offering their own view of the other and his characteristics: physical features, regalia, accessories, etc. The paintings, sculptures and photographs displayed show how, rather than revealing mutual influences, African and European arts enriched one another to generate new forms of expression.

Exhibition view

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The Catalogue

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation develops a research policy that aims to highlight interesting and sometimes unusual aspects of art history and anthropology. The Foundation calls on well-known specialists to prepare its exhibitions and catalogues and sets up a specific scientific committee for each event.  

The exhibition catalogue "White Man - Black Man. Impressions of Africa" is published in French. Produced by the FAVRE publishing house, it is distributed internationally. Designed as an iconic book-object conveying the spirit of the Pierre Arnaud Foundation, the catalogue combines high-level scientific content with a refined graphic identity and a particularly handy format. 

White Man - Black Man. Impressions of Africa – Summer 2

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s second summer exhibition will highlight the deep relationship Western and African arts have built up over the centuries. The exhibition presents works ranging from the 17th to the 20th century by European ‘Africanist’ artists as well as African artists. White and black would watch, discover and admire each other … offering their own view of the other and his characteristics: physical features, regalia, accessories, etc. The paintings, sculptures and photographs displayed show how, rather than revealing mutual influences, African and European arts enriched one another to generate new forms of expression.

Produced and distributed internationally by the publishers Hatje Cantz and FAVRE Editionsthe exhibition catalogue provides a rich source for reflection on the subject of the exhibition. In keeping with the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s ambitious editorial policy, authorship of articles was entrusted to leading international specialists whose different approaches enhance each other. Enjoyable to read, richly illustrated and scientifically rigorous, it is intended for simple art-lovers as well as more demanding enthusiasts. 

  • White Man - Black Man. Impressions of Africa

    Obtainable by the Foundation, CHF 38.-

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Editions FAVRE. 2015. 180 x 240 mm, 304 pages, 266 illustrations. Softcover. In French only.

ISBN 978-2-8289-1500-1

CHF. 38.—

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Scientific Comittee

Composed of nationally and internationally well-known specialists, the Scientific Committee advises the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s various organs on their scientific and museological plans, more particularly regarding the conception of exhibitions and other cultural events. A specific panel is set up for each event.

  • Christophe Flubacher, curator
  • Alain Weill, curator
  • Nicolas Menut, curator
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