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Special Programs in February 2017

Every Sunday: on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Foto: V. Popović (Arhiva MAU)
Photo: V. Popović (MAA Archive)

“Images and Memories – the African Gourd
in MAA Collections”
(for all visitors)


“The Gourd of Wisdom”
(children age 4 to 12)


Guided tour through the latest exhibition Images and Memories – the African Gourd in MAA Collections will be organized for all museum visitors from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday in February: on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th February. At the same time, at the Museum, a new series of creative workshops “The Calabash of Wisdom“ will be organized for kids age 4 to 12.

Images and Memories: the African Gourd in the Collections of the MAA (guided tour for all)
The African gourd, or calabash, constitutes what is considered to be the MAA’s collection of everyday objects. The MAA’s collection dates the mid-1960s and early 1980s. The “Images and Memories” exhibition traces the calabash across object, motif, metaphor, documentary photograph, postcards, writings in specialised literature and notes in unpublished texts – as symbol of Africa and a quintessential element of an ideal and idealised African landscape.

The Calabash of Wisdom (workshops for 4-12 year olds)
In African myths and stories the calabash symbolises the universe – earth and sky, all of life. “The Calabash of Wisdom” is a story widely spread across western Africa. It teaches us that we cannot grasp all of the wisdom of the world, and that we cannot be selfish with the wisdom we have. The shape of the gourd was considered to be so perfect that even clay vessels were modelled according to it. Using clay, as well as the techniques of painting and drawing, children will create and decorate their own calabash.

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