Africa Magic

6 April-23 June 2019

ART IN THE FOUNDATION OF FAITH: AFRICA MAGIC EXHIBITION AT CERMODERN

 

During the 25-30 years of Hıfzı Topuz’s permanent representative position to UNESCO in Paris, the writer and journalist has brought together tens of articles from his countless adventurous visits to black Africa under his book “Africa Magic”. Inspired by the same book, Topuz’s gathered collection exhibition will be a means to bring together 500 of his selected artworks with viewers.

 

While scrutinizing in depth the phenomenon that brings together life, faith and art to a common point, Topuz, on the other hand, prioritizes from within life, the righteous narration of the spiritual and ritual aspects. Black African art has directly influenced European art and intellectual movements, and has inspired many leading artists such as Tristan Tzara, Matisse, Braque and Picasso.

 

“During the years I was pursuing my master’s studies in Paris, I visited the apartment of the father of Dadaism and one of the leaders of surrealism, Tristan Tzara. The walls and shelves were full of African masks and statues. Until that very day, I had never been exposed to this kind of art in my life. I asked Tzara about where they came from and the meanings they held. After Tzara enlightened me, a huge interest in these pieces was awakened in me. ”

 

In this exhibition, 500 individual masks can be visited from rituals of authentic societies originated from a lifestyle of African cultures, masks and statues inspired from traditional culture and its philosophy and centuries of manifold tales that made them believe in the sacredness of objects. You can observe their daily lives, their gods and spirits, their magicians and wizards and ceremonies Topuz himself experienced, religious rituals and their annual fertility and abundance celebrations.

 

The masks and artworks such as statues, especially from countries like Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, and Congo that Topuz started to gather as a collection, is to be hosted and will come together with its audience in its soon-to-be-home as Büyükçekmece Municipality’s Hıfzı Topuz Black African Art Museum.

 

Exhibited in the main gallery of CerModern between 5 April and 23 June, symphonic music, dance performances and panels will also be part of the programs related to this event.

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