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Royal Museum for Central Africa

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A Colonial Museum

At the end of 2012 the museum will close its doors for major renovation works. The expo UNCENSORED. Vivid tales from behind the scenes is the last exhibition before the work is carried out and your final chance to visit a ‘colonial museum’. By means of a trail passing through the rooms and cellars, with 30 stop-offs on the way, we regale you with anecdotes from the museum, known and unknown tales and all sorts of things you couldn’t possibly have known before: What is a Red Indian doing in a museum about Africa? How was the large elephant killed and stuffed? Where does the buffalo’s co... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/1/12
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Contemporary Take on the Colonial Past

In this exhibition the artists Sammy Baloji and Patrick Mudekereza present us with a contemporary take on the colonial past.  As artists in residence in the museum they get carte blanche in the museum collections. In dialogue with scientists from the museum they have started working with a few collection pieces dating from the beginning of Congo’s colonial history.  These collection pieces exhale the atmosphere of the conquest of Congolese territory by the West. The leitmotif of the exhibition ‘Congo Far West’ refers not only to this territorial conquest, but also to the contemporary Congolese artists... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/17/11
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Elephants

The elephant embodies the world’s romantic relationship with Africa. It is also a part of the colonial panacea: wildness can be contained, observed, studied, purchased and taken back to the ballrooms of the first world as a savage trophy. The elephant also happens to be the largest living land based mammal. The expansion of our modernity, civilisation, threatens the existence of this animal. Our inability to coexist with other living organisms is also implicated in this metaphor of the artwork. It means our intelligence is intolerant. It is important that this work was made up from recyc... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/17/11