Kongo Across the Waters

Kongo Mask- Ndunga, early 20th century

Woyo peoples, Banana, Lower Congo, DRC,
Ndunga mask, early 20th century
Collection RMCA Tervuren, Photo R. Asselberghs

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida examines cultural legacy of Kongo Kingdom with an exhibition including new archaeological discoveries and contemporary works by Radcliffe Bailey, Steve Bandoma, José Bedia, Edouard Duval-Carrié, and Renée Stout.

On view from Oct. 22, 2013 to March 23, 2014, Kongo across the Waters will reveal new cultural connections across multiple centuries and continents, and trace the continuing and under-explored impact of Kongo art-making practices on African and African-diaspora artists in the 21st century. This is the first exhibition at an American museum to deeply explore the legacy of Kongo culture. Kongo across the Waters will present more than 160 works of historic and contemporary art and artifacts—including several previously never before exhibited archaeological discoveries—spanning more than six centuries from the 15th century when Kongo first emerged as a major Atlantic presence, to the present day.

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