The "Ashanti — art, culture, heritage” exhibition repre¬sents, as completely as possible, the traditional artistic expression of the Ashanti people from Ghana, through an overview of the items from the Museum of African Arts col¬lection, private collections and the Yugoslav History Museum's collection.
Most of the items exhibited in the Museum of African Arts came as a result of the Veda and Dr Zdravko Pecar African experience. With the enthusiasm of true admirers, the Pecars had, during 1960s and 1970s, acquired a large collection which contains, among other items, artefacts of the Ashanti people. Items that especially stand out are the commemorative terracotta head, weights and gold powder measuring kit, asipim stool, stools in wood, kente and adinkra fabrics.
Jelena Arandelovic Lazié, the curator and the first director of the Museum of African Arts, brought from Ghana some of the stamps used for decorating adinkra fabrics. Her texts on the art of Ghana published in the catalogues "Symbols on West African Textiles" and "African Jewellery" were very inspiring for this exhibition. Apart from these pub¬lications, the Museum of African Arts also published, as exhibition catalogues in which certain aspects of the art of Ashanti people are analyzed, "The Contemporary Art of Ghana" by Jelena Arandelovic Lazic, and "The Chairs of the Ashanti People" by Tijana Jovanovic.
The Yugoslav History Museum contributed for the pur¬pose of this exhibition a wooden stool covered in gold leaf. Ghanaian art production is most often identified by hetero¬geneous objects decorated with gold.
Three terracotta figures belonging to the ancient Koma-Bulsa culture have been lent for this purpose by pri¬vate collectors. Archaeological findings such as these con¬firm the continuity of commemorative ceramics practice in West Africa.
The exhibition catalogue is bilingual (English/Serbian)
|Title||Ashanti – Art, Culture, Heritage|
|Illustrations||36 b/w illustr.|