Musée Dapper

The use of animal imagery in African art is and has traditionally been a major current that reappears throughout the wide-ranging regions and cultures of that continent. As a key historical vector for understanding all representation, animals often take man's place in legends, depictions, proverbs and riddles. Indeed, they are crucial and complex markers for different ways of understanding and talking about the world. Here, Paris's Musée Dapper delves deeply into the depictions of animals in the sub-Saharan African arts, with a showing of 150 works of art, masks, statuettes and other objects, drawn both from major museums and private collections, in addition to its own collections. From antelopes to snakes, from crocodiles to monkeys, each animal – taken for itself or anthropomorphized – represents specific themes and values for the different tribes producing the work. A fascinating look into an inexhaustible wellspring of meaning and culture.


October 11, 2007 through March 30, 2008
35 rue Paul Valéry
75016 Paris
T. +33 (0)1 45 00 91 75