Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Seoul Event: 'Origin Art: From Africa to the Inca' at Olympic Park

It will be held at Seoul Olympic Museum at Olympic Park from Apr 24 2007 - Jun 20 2007. The closest subway station is Mongchontoseong Station on the pink line (Line 8).

The museum is hosting the “Origin Art” exhibition which consists of primitive art and artifacts from all over the world. Thoughtfully placed throughout the spacious airy rooms and halls of the museum are large collections of masks, statues, figurines and other relics from Africa, Asia, the Americans and Oceania.

In the Africa section, twelve African nations are represented. Many of the pieces such as the masks and statuettes are imbued with cultural significance and meaning which is still relevant today. A collection of masks from the Ivory Coast, for example, shows masks which are used to represent the souls of both gods and the deceased. Other treasures include ancient lambskin Bibles found in Ethiopia and primitive musical instruments made from wood and animal skin. There is video footage showing different tribes participating in ceremonial rights of passage, from birth to death. This is a rare chance to glimpse into the dark and mysterious world of the rituals of Africa’s tribes.

In addition to the artwork and relics, the exhibition has imported male artists from South Africa and Kenya to give performances of traditional Zulu and Masai tribal songs and dances everyday. Enjoy a quality latte from the outdoor organic café while being enthralled by the tribal pounding of the drums.

The performances are scheduled at these times:
Weekends 11.30 am 1.30 pm 3.00 pm 4.30 pm 5. 30pm
Weekdays: 11.30 am 2.00pm 3.30 pm 5.00 pm

There are also facilities where you can paint your own primitive mask and try your hand at printmaking.

For more information, visit the website

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