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    White Man - Black Man/ Suzanne Castille, Mangbetou woman, ca. 1925,

    © Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt

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    White Man - Black Man/ 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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    White Man - Black Man/ Figure féminine Janus surmontée d’un avion, Yoruba, Nigeria, vers 1950.

    © Collection Alain Weill

White Man - Black Man

Impressions of Africa

27 June – 25 October 2015 - Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

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.

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