Musée d'ethnographie de Genève

Geneva Museum of Ethnography

http://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/expo21.php
Location: Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65-67 1205 Genève
Sculpture rituelle féminine nkisi, bitekiBeembe. République du CongoDonation : Émile Chambon, 1981Circa 1900. Bois, corne, matières composites. H 14 cm.Inv. ETHAF 044283
Sculpture rituelle féminine nkisi, bitekiBeembe. République du CongoDonation : Émile Chambon, 1981Circa 1900. Bois, corne, matières composites. H 14 cm.Inv. ETHAF 044283


Permanent Collection


The Archives of Human Diversity

Admission free

L'Afrique du MEG http://www.ville-ge.ch/meg/emeg/afrique.php Explore the collection with audio guide, and using Google Translate, on this page.

Admission to the permanent exhibitions in the City of Geneva’s museums is free.
Over 1,000 objects, remarkable messengers from cultures all over the world, have been selected from the 80,000 items in the MEG’s collections to feature in the permanent display. Its museographic and scientific design spotlights objects of exemplary historic or anthropological value, works likely to be admired for their aesthetic qualities, but also for their affective and emotional dimensions. Alongside this exhibition, a rich and daring multidisciplinary program of concerts, workshops, shows, lectures and visits will make this new outward-looking museum an attractive cultural venue.

Les collections africaines du MEG représentent géographiquement la presque totalité du grand continent.
A travers les cultures qu’elles définissent, elles témoignent de la vie quotidienne, des corps de métier, des croyances et pratiques magico-religieuses, des arts du pouvoir, de la guerre et de la chasse, de la singularité des parures.


Barbier-Mueller Museum

www.barbier-mueller.ch
Location: Rue Jean-Calvin 10; 022 312 0270

The Barbier-Mueller Museum is home to the combined collections of two of Switzerland’s best known collectors: Josef Mueller and Jean Paul Barbier. Throughout their lives, both men traveled the globe in search of art from Antiquity, Africa, Asia and Oceania, bringing forth so called "primitive art" into the mainstream. The museum is an archaeologists dream with over 7,000 masks, tools, statues, ornaments and other singular articles in the permanent collection and numerous itinerant exhibitions on display throughout the year.
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Nigerian Arts Revisited




Museum Rietberg Zürich

Location: Gablerstrasse 15 8002 Zürich
http://www.rietberg.ch/en-gb/home.aspx

Museum Rietberg Zürich
Museum Rietberg Zürich


Africa
"The African collection of the Museum Rietberg, which owes its beginning to the patron Eduard von der Heydt, ranks among the most important in Europe. Von der Heydt was touched, as were the artists of the avantgarde, by the artistic expression of this so-called "primitve art." Since the early 1920s he purchased masterpieces from West and Central Africa from the Parisian art trade - with the advice of leading scientists. Reflecting Eduard von der Heydt's taste, the sculptures in the Museum Rietberg represent the quiet, dignified, and introverted element of African art. Only a few pieces exhibit aggressive, grotesque, or frightening features.
The most important groups of works include sculptures from the Dogon region in Mali, masks and figures from the Ivory Coast, particularly from the Senufo, Guro, Dan, and Baule regions, 17th century bronzes of the royal capital Benin in Nigeria, world-famous masks from the grasslands of Cameroon, sculptures from the Fang region of Gabon, and important figures and masks from the Luba, Songye, and Vili regions of the Congo."

You can take a virtual tour of the Africa collection at http://www.rietberg.ch/en-gb/the-museum/virtual-tour.aspx


Musée Africain - Lyon

des cultures de l'Afrique de l'Ouest
150 cours Gambetta - 69007 Lyon France
http://www.musee-africain-lyon.org/
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"The African Museum of Lyon seeks to showcase West African cultures through the objects that comprise its collection, in order to broaden our vision of the world and promote intercultural understanding.
The Society of African Missions, based in Lyon, founded the museum in 1863. The collection grew over time through the missionaries’ sojourns in Africa, notably in Dahomey (present-day Benin). This collection, one of the oldest and richest of its kind, is unique in that it focuses on West African objects. The museum has existed in its present location since 1930, with three exhibition floors currently displaying 2,200 of the 8,000 objects in the museum’s collection.
Today, the museum aims to serve as a space for dialogue, exploring the ever-changing nature of and ongoing connections between African and European cultures. To this effect, it creates temporary exhibits, conferences, and events that engage with traditional African arts as well as contemporary artistic production from both the African continent and the diaspora."

You can make a virtual visit to the Musée Africain at
http://www.musee-africain-lyon.org/index.php/collections/visite-virtuelle-du-musee
"Découvrez le Musée comme si vous y étiez... Faites une visite virtuelle et panoramique de l'espace consacré aux masques de Côte d'Ivoire. En survolant l'image avec votre souris, vous pouvez zoomer sur les objets africains exposés dans la salle des masques africains, située au troisième étage du musée."

Musée Dapper - Paris

http://www.dapper.fr/exposition-editorial.php?PHPSESSID=36e6259740751a618186df5b10fafcd1
Location: 35 bis, rue Paul Valéry - 75116 Paris
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"Depuis sa création en 1986, le musée Dapper a contribué à la connaissance des arts africains avec la conception de nombreuses expositions. Par la rigueur de ses travaux et le soin apporté à la mise en espace des objets, il est devenu l'un des principaux endroits à Paris où l'on peut admirer les exemples les plus accomplis de la sculpture africaine."

"This gem of a museum in an exclusive Paris neighborhood is a must for appreciators of African art and artifacts. The museum has no permanent collection, but is recognized as an important leader in organizing superb long-term exhibitions acclaimed for imagination and scope." Fodor's Guide to Paris


Quai Branly Museum - Paris

http://www.quaibranly.fr
Location: 222 rue de l'Université, 75343 Paris Cedex 07
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"La présentation des 3 500 objets met l'accent sur la profondeur historique des cultures présentées et sur la diversité de signification des pièces. La muséographie prend le temps d'inviter le visiteur à s'arrêter, pour des éclairages thématiques importants : masques et tapa en Océanie, costumes d'Asie, instruments de musique ou textiles en Afrique, font l'objet d'installations exceptionnelles et passionnantes...
Le musée du quai Branly abrite l’un des plus importants fonds d’arts africains au monde, avec près de 70 000 objets en provenance du Maghreb, d’Afrique subsaharienne et de Madagascar. Sur environ 1200 m2, le visiteur accède à un millier d’oeuvres d’une richesse et d’une variété exceptionnelles, pour la première fois réunies en un seul et même lieu, permettant ainsi une relation féconde entre les styles, les cultures et les histoires."