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New Meetup: Voodoo at the Museum of the Tropics

From: Caro
Sent on: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 10:18 PM
Hi everyone!

...This time a modern exhibition in one of the big, classic, consolidated museums ;-)
So I hope to make at least a couple of people happy with this proposal! :-)

The scheduling is a bit tight, only a week after the beach stravaganza, but the exhibition closes on May 10th!
Anyways, please say if you'd prefer to schedule the meetup for saturday 9th, that could be too of course.

And check their site, lots of cool things in that museum, including a very nice cafe which serves things like Indian drinkyoghurt besides the usual stuff :-)

Also, these people really know how to make exciting, dreamy exhibitions; the permanent ones are also a must-see!

(Hereunder the info) Cheers, Caro

Announcing a new Meetup for The Amsterdam Museum Meetup Group!

What: Voodoo at the Museum of the Tropics

When: May 3,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Art & Mysticism from Haiti

A grand exhibition about voodoo on Haiti with more than 250 spectacular objects from one of the most important collections on Haiti: the Lehmann collection.
The exhibition shows how these objects and the accompanying rituals are a part of the daily life on Haiti. They have been made and used by secret societies, and have rarely been shown outside Haiti. The life-size images, complete altars and fascinating art objects paint a picture of this mysterious religion with her African, Christian and Indian elements.

Vodou evolved from slavery. It stems from various African religions, mixed with, amongst other things, aspects of Catholic rituals and images of saints. The exhibition paints a convincing picture of a complex but supple religion which has no dogma or hierarchy and allows its adherents plenty of freedom.

Art & Mysticism
The collection of artefacts presents a unique picture of the creativity of the practitioners of vodou. Almost all the objects are dedicated to the Lwa, the countless gods and spirits that populate the vodou pantheon. The embroidered flags, sculptures and decorated pitchers and mirrors frequently have a sacred meaning or are ?charged? with magic powers.

A large part of the exhibition is devoted to images and objects from Bizango secret societies, which go back to the days of slavery.

The tour
The exhibition opened in Geneva on 5 December 2007. The Tropenmuseum is the second museum in Europe to host this spectacular collection. In 2009, after leaving Amsterdam, it will be transferred to the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, in 2010 it goes to the Ethnological Museum in Berlin and finally in 2011 to the Űberseemuseum in Bremen. At the end of 2011 it returns to Haiti, where it will be given a permanent place in the new, planned museum.

A nice site about the exhibition - though this website is only in Dutch, pity...

And some info about the other temporary&permanent exhibitions there at the moment

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