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Shaping Power features Luba masterworks from the Democratic Rep ublic of the Congo on loan from the Royal Museum for Central Africa and rar ely seen outside of Belgium. Figurative thrones\, elegant scepters\, and an cestral figures actively contributed to the formation and expansion of a hi ghly influential Luba state from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The exhi bition includes a kneeling female figure holding a bowl by the celebrated a rtist known as the Buli Master\, as well as the Royal Museum&rsquo \;s most iconic mask recalling the Luba culture hero&mdash\;on loan for the first time ever. Shaping Power presents the richness and complexi ty of Luba arts\, and lends insight into a world renowned African aesthetic and cultural legacy.

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A contemporary installation entitled Congo: Sh adow of the Shadow (2005) by Aimé\; Mpane\, on loan from the Smi thsonian Institution&rsquo\;s National Museum of African Art\, presents a g ripping commentary on re-shaping power during the colonial period using the play of light and shadow\, substance and ethereality. In addition\, a bead -laden Luba memory device from a private collection suggests how the past i s continually re-imagined through the eyes of the present.

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Shaping P ower marks the inauguration of a gallery and educational program dedic ated to the arts of Africa at LACMA. This exhibition was co-organized by th e Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

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