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Authentically African : arts and the transnational politics of Congolese culture

Author: Sarah Van Beurden
Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2015]
Series: New African histories series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Together the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium and the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaïre (INMZ) in the Congo have defined and marketed Congolese art and culture. In Authentically African, Sarah Van Beurden traces the relationship between the possession, definition, and display of art and the construction of cultural authenticity and political legitimacy from the late colonial into the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Van Beurden
ISBN: 9780821421901 0821421905 9780821421918 0821421913 0821445456 9780821445457
OCLC Number: 910981060
Description: xix, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Congolese history and the politics of culture --
The value of culture : Congolese art and Belgian colonialism --
Guardians of heritage : a politique esthétique and the museum as a "laboratory of native policy" --
The art of (re)possession : heritage and the cultural politics of Congo's decolonization --
Mobutu's museum : authenticity and guardianship --
Civilizing citizens? : Museums as brokers of postcolonial Zairian modernity --
Belgian patrimony, Zairian treasure, and American heritage : the transnational politics of Congolese art --
Conclusion. Colonial and postcolonial legacies.
Series Title: New African histories series.
Responsibility: Sarah Van Beurden.

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Together, the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Institut des Musees Nationaux du Zaire (IMNZ) in the Congo have defined and marketed Congolese art and culture.  Read more...

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