The Leopold Museum unveils a fine collection of tribal art

Serving as inspiration from the turn of the last century onward, African and Oceanic art has long enticed notable artists on to exploring alternative forms of expression. Featuring both tribal artifacts and “primitivist” works by the likes of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, André Derain, Max Ernst and Pablo Picasso, the Leopold collection showcases both non-European art and the West’s  impulse to side-step academic stagnation and go back to the simple, raw basics. Aiming to ignite a discussion on postcolonialism in contemporary art, their over 200 ancestral figures, masks, weapons, carvings and sculptures offer insight into native African and Oceanic culture – and its influence on Cubism and Post-Expressionism, consummately complemented by their permanent collection.

Sep 23–Jan 9, Leopold Museum

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Genevieve Doyle is writing for METROPOLE on her summer off from reading English Literature at The University of Cambridge. When she isn’t attending fairs to buy and source beautiful antiques and textiles, she likes painting murals and walking her very large Irish deerhound.