Recipes from Gods

Fetish aesthetics

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The exhibition invites visitors to discover a range of African exhibits which are little known to the general public: "formless" objects. They are objects of divination, often called "fetishes", in which the human shape is concealed or unrecognisable. The metamorphoses, the add-ons, the successive layers drawn on these objects give them a memory and an imprint that only the diviner can decipher.

This exhibition focuses on different ways of representing the invisible. The objects are witnesses of memories and events, "object-poems" illustrating the outcome of a local history where each element added evokes an action, a historical fact, a personal memory.

  • Exhibition curator : Mrs Nanette Jacomijn Snoep, Anthropologist
  • Number of works : 100
  • Surface area required : 350 m²
  • Catalogue of the exhibition available (64 pages, Co-published by musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac/Actes Sud, 2009)

This exhibition has been presented at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac from February 3rd to May 10th 2009.

Vue de l'exposition
View of the exhibition at musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, 2009
(c) musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Jacques Rostand

Exhibition Views

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  • Amulette
  • Verre à pied
  • Animal sacré du Kono, Don de Monsieur Jean-Michel Huguenin
  • Masque et costume © musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Patrick Gries
  • Corne magique, trompe latérale (perce conique)
  • Amulette

Paris, 2009

© musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, photo Jacques Rostand