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Minkisi – Collector's Talk

Minkisi – Collector's Talk

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  • Sun 3 Sep ’17, 3:30pm – 4:30pm


Taupo Museum, 4 Story Place, Taupo


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Collector Desmond Bovey will be talking about his collection of African statues and masks and his experiences in Africa during his many visits over 30 years.

Minkisi - Art and Belief in West and Central Africa is a dramatic collection of statues and masks from nine African countries and is on display at Taupō Museum. The collection challenges viewers’ ideas about art, belief, tradition and culture.

The artworks were created by a variety of ethnic groups from the Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the beginnings of the collection were inherited by Mr Bovey from his French father-in-law.

Mr Bovey’s fascination with these works saw him make repeated trips to West Africa in a quest to understand the works and the belief systems that produced them while adding to the collection.

Desmond will share his knowledge of the meaning of minkisi (also known as zinkisi or nkisi), spirits or objects that a spirit inhabits.

Exhibitions officer Kerence Stephen said the items on display were laden with magical charms such as nails, bones and found objects. They projected authority and power, and could be as big as a real person, she said.

“This is certainly a stirring exhibition that gives the viewer a real insight into the African ethnic groups that have created them,” she said.

“It is Desmond’s wish to share these objects with a wider audience and we are grateful to the Friends of the Taupō Museum and Creative Taupō for making this exhibition and talk possible,” she said. “

Minkisi runs from July 29 to September 4. Taupō Museum is open seven days from 10am to 4.30pm and is free to children and Taupō District residents with proof of address.

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