Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculptures’
Heroic Africans Alisa LaGamma
(through Jan. 29 2012) If you still think that African art is not your thing, here’s a show that may change your mind.
It’s as beautiful to look at as a show can be and it’s a perception-changer in the way that it argues against ...
June 11, 2009
Let’s start with the good news: “African and Oceanic Art from the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva: A Legacy of Collecting,” running through September 27 at the Met, is a show well worth seeing. The exhibition features 36 works—all masterpieces—from one of the world’s great private art collections. Begun by Josef Mueller (1887-1974) in the 1920’s, and continued by his son-in-law Jean-Paul Barbier-Mueller, the collection was placed on permanent display in 1977. The works on view range across a wide swath of Africa and the South Pacific, and they brilliantly demonstrate the virtuosity and formal inventiveness of individual creative talents.
Now for the not-so-good news: from the title to the installation to the catalog photography, the exhibition raises issues, or at least fails to resolve concerns, which make it difficult to absorb the magnitude of the works presented. ...