The “Sunday at the MAA” programme is organised every Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm for individual and family visits, and consists of two parallel programs: GUIDED TOUR (for adults) and WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN (for 4-12 year olds). No booking required.
Entrance fee (all visitors): 200 RSD
The GUIDED TOURS (for adults) on Sundays at 11 are linked to the current thematic exhibition. *The Guided Tours on Sundays at 11 are in Serbian, while the exhibition display is in both English and Serbian, and curators are available to give more information about the exhibition in English too to all English-speaking visitors of this programme.
The WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN on Sundays at 11 are Serbian, but to English-speaking children who would like to participate in this programme the curators will be glad to give in English too the necessary instructions for activities during the workshop and explanations of the theme.
Sunday, from 11 am to 1 pm
Creative workshop for children:
„Fanstastic forms: kanaga, Dogon mask“
As part of programs accompanying „The spirits of Africa – West African Ritual Art“ exhibition at MAA, we will organize educational-creative workshops for children „Fanstastic forms: kanaga, Dogon mask” every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children attending this workshop will be introduced to forms and symbolism of the kanaga mask which is characteristic for the culturale heritage of the Dogon people in Mali, as well as to their wonderful myths and beliefs. According to one interpretation, the kanaga mask is a symbol of the whole living world surrounding humans, world inhabited, according to legends, by ancestors from the mythical past.
Kanaga, geometric mask could represent a flying bird, back of the crocodile or heaven and earth. As part of a costume the kanaga – dancing mask – becomes a symbol of the movement generated by the supreme creator Amma, when he was creating the world at the beginning of time.
Lead by a specialized team, through film and storytelling, drawing and painting, children will create their very own kanaga mask and hear interesting stories about beliefs and spiritual world of Dogon people in Mali.
Sunday, from 11 am to 1 pm
Guided tour through the current exhibition:
„The spirits of Africa – West African Ritual Art“
The ritual art from West Africa forms the thematic basis of the exhibition. West Africa is a specific cultural and historical area in which numerous art traditions flourished – as exemplified by notable art pieces in the MAA collections. The creativity of African communities is most visible in art works made in a ritual context, which reflect the richness of the spiritual world and the strength of people’s beliefs. African folk sculpture gained worldwide recognition during the 20th century thanks to its expressiveness and creative achievements, which secured its status as ‟classical” African art.
The objects chosen for display are linked to religious practices and spiritual beliefs. Various spirits, ranging from ancestor figures to celestial spouses, agricultural mythical heroes or tutelary spirits are depicted on masks, sculptures, wooden figurines, amulets, textiles and a hunter attire. The exhibit showcases circa fifty ritual objects originating among West African peoples: the Baga, Ashanti, Dogon, Bamana, Yoruba, Senufo, Baule, Dan, Bobo, Mossi. The exhibited items date from the mid-twentieth and the second half of the twentieth century, mostly belonging to the gift-collection of Veda and Dr Zdravko Pečar, who were the benefactors and founders of the Museum of African Art. The exhibit is enriched with photographs, film and audio material, which illustrate the meanings and ritual contexts in which the objects were used.