Barbier-Mueller A Legacy of Collecting now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

African and Oceanic Art from Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva: A Legacy of Collecting
June 2 - September 27, 2009
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Now on view in the The Michael C. Rockefeller Wing (1st floor), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, collections of African and Oceanic art from in the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva. The collection that begun in the 1920s by Josef Mueller and continued by Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, represent the culmination of more than eight decades of wide-ranging collecting of works from both regions. Presenting more than thirty highlights from the Barbier-Mueller’s holdings of African and Oceanic sculpture, most never before displayed in the United States, this exhibition explores a rich legacy of connoisseurship. The African works in the exhibition- sculpture and masks from western, eastern, and central Africa, from miniature to monumental in scale, made of wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta- illustrate both the creativity of the continent’s artists and the discerning eye of the collectors. The Oceanic works, an array of rare and spectacular objects that exemplify the breadth of achievement by artists from across the Pacific, include a striking group of figures, masks, and decorative art from Polynesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, and other areas.
Accompanied by a catalogue. 

The exhibition is made possible by Vacheron Constantin.
It was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva.
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