Wo ist Afrika?

 


New presentation of African collections, starting 16 March 2019

The Linden-Museum Stuttgart presents its new permanent exhibition „Wo ist Afrika?“from 16 March 2019.

"Wo ist Afrika?" invites the visitor to critically explore and re-evaluate contexts and narratives associated to Linden-Museum Stuttgart’s collection of artefacts from the African continent. The exhibition shows how the collections were established, how they developed over time, and which rules of classification they adhered to.

A large part of the objects on display were acquired from Cameroon, the Congo basin, Mozambique, Nigeria and Tanzania between the end of 19th and the first half of the 20th, at the height of the European "Scramble for Africa". "Wo ist Afrika?" examines stories and histories inscribed into these objects and what they can mean for us today. The exhibition opens up a space of cultural creativity, which allows the visitors to near themselves to a wider understanding of culture.

"Wo ist Afrika?" has a process-oriented approach, questioning the authority of the museum by showing a multitude of parallel narratives and asking important questions addressed to our contemporary societal cohabitation.

The exhibition is supported by: Land Baden-Württemberg and Robert Bosch Stiftung 

   

Press release (pdf)

Press photos

Wo ist Afrika? Key Visual
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, design: Anja Emde | Download


Letter by King Ibrahim Njoya
Letter written by King Ibrahim Njoya (ca. 1860-1933) in Foumban (West Cameroon). It documents an early version of Shumom, the writing system that he invented for the Bamum language.
Acquisition by the museum: 1905
Provenance: Cameroon
Acquired by: Achenbach
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer,  Inv. Nr. F 54452 | Download


Ceremonial dance mask
It recalls the features of elephants, which symbolize strength. It comes from the court of a Bamileke Kingdom in West Cameroon, where it was worn by members of the elite Kuosi society. Similar equipment is still used to perform at important public ceremonies.
Acquisition by the museum: 1903
Porvenance: Cameroon
Acquired by: Zupitza
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Dominik Drasdow | Download


Power Figure (Nkisi) - "Hunter" (Nkondi)
Acquisition by the museum: 1904–2016
Provenance: Angola
Acquired by: Visser - Sotheby's, New York
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Inv. Nr. 035617 | Download


Headdress
Designed for the Ekpo secret society to perform the presence and influence of benevolent ancestors and to celebrate the positive aspects of life.
Acquisition by the museum: 1903
Provenance: Nigeria
Acquired by: Frobenius
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer, Inv. Nr. 028421 | Download


Headdress

Owned by the Ngbe secret society. Used to perform shared values during funerals or other important public ceremonies.
Acqusition by the museum: 1909
Provenance: Nigeria or Cameroon
Acquired by: Diehl
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer, Inv. Nr. 059327 | Download


Power Figure (Nkisi) – "Hunter" (Nkondi) – Mangaaka
Mangaaka Nkondi such as this were especially important witnesses of pacts, deterrents of antisocial behavior and punishers of wrongdoers.
Acquisition by the museum: 1903
Provenance: Angola
Acquired by: Visser
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer, Inv. Nr. 029623 | Download

 

 


Facemask

Owned by the kifwembe society. Part of a costume ensemble that once enabled a performance of high symbolic significance. It connected the tangible dimension of reality with the metaphysical plane and that of shared social values and hierarchies. Its formal qualities are also a focus of high appreciation among collectors worldwide.
Acqusition by the museum: 1905
Provenance: DR Congo
Acqurired by: H. Fonck
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer, Inv. Nr. 043811 | Download


Ivory hip pendant
Ceremonial hip pendant carved in honor of Queen Mother Idia. Taken from the private quarters of Oba Ovonramwen by the British Army during the destruction of the capital of the Benin Kingdom in 1897.
Acquisition by the museum: 1964
Provenance: Nigeria
Acquired by: Hunt
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer, Inv. Nr. F 50565 | Download

 


Sculpture by Samson Makamo
Acquisition by the museum: 1989
Provenance: Mozambique
Acquired by: Aurnhammer
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Inv. Nr. F 54286 | Download


Motorbike
Made in China and personalized in Yaoundé, Cameroon
Eingang ins Museum: 2018
Provenance: China/Cameroon
Acquired by: Ferracuti/Mohamad
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Dominik Drasdow, Inv. Nr. F 56422 | Download


Untitled
Painting by George Lilanga
Associated by the author to the sentence (in Swahili) written on the back of the piece „Hampaswi kulu / mbana ninyi ni / ndugu“ („We can't be in conflict, we are family“).
Acquired by the museum with Lotto funds: 2012
Provenance: Tansania
Acquired by: Rosenfeld
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Anatol Dreyer, Inv. Nr. F 56370 L |  Download


Royal ceremonial cloth (Ndop)
Acquisition by the museum: 2018
Provenance: Nigeria or Cameroon
Acquired by: Ferracuti – Putuenchi
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, pjoto: Dominik Drasdow, Inv. Nr. F 56426 | Download


View into the exhibition
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Dominik Drasdow | Download


View into the exhibition
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Dominik Drasdow | Download


View into the exhibition
Copyright: Linden-Museum Stuttgart, photo: Dominik Drasdow | Download

 


Please note: All photos can be used within the context of the exhibition "Wo ist Afrika?" for press purposes.