"SUNDAY AT THE MAA": guided tour and workshop for children
The “Sunday at the MAA” programme is organised every Sunday from 11 am to 12.30 pm for individual and family visits, and consists of two parallel programs: GUIDED TOUR (for adults) and WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN (for 6-12 year olds).
*Entrance fee (all visitors): 200 RSD
** Please wear a mask, disinfect your hands and keep your distance during your museum visit.
***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 in Serbian, but to English-speaking children who would like to participate in this programme the curators will be glad to give the necessary instructions for activities during the workshop and explanations of the theme in English too.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
“TRADITIONAL THEATRE PUPPETS ОF MALI”
Current exhibition guided tour
The exhibition Traditional Theatre Puppets оf Mali – From the Andrej Jerovšek Collection and the Collection of the Museum of African Art presents the puppets whose style of manufacture and animation is characteristic of the theatrical form traditionally performed in the southern parts of the Republic of Mali, along the Niger Valley. The leading role at the exhibition is shared by the Antelope with a Drummer and Dancers, the Elephant, an array of yellow, red and blue little people, and Merenkun, a large double-faced sculpture representing a woman. Featuring a variety of dramatic characters and sculptural qualities, the exhibition also reveals the structural elements of the puppets that enable their stage movement. It displays articulated rod puppets, some of which are furnished with strings for manipulation, as well as wood-carved puppets with no moveable parts. We shall right away share two more secrets of the acting trade in this part of Africa with all connoisseurs and lovers of puppetry and theatre and with all those this exhibition invites to become ones: the traditional puppet characters play scenes of silent theatre and the puppeteers remain hidden in the costume or in the kalaka, an element functioning as a mobile stage.
“CREATE AND PLAY THE PUPPET – inspired by the puppetry tradition of Mali”
Creative workshop for children
Rod puppets and wearable puppets characteristic for the traditional puppet theatre of Mali will be the inspiration for children attending the workshop to create and play puppets of paper and cardboard. After assembling the elements which consitute basic shapes of puppet characters representing a women or a men, the children will have the task to design, draw and make tunics for puppets with colorful patterns using colage paper, threads, plastic bags and other materials. They will also design patterns and decorations for elephants, birds and other animal shapes they create during the workshop inspired by the original puppets.
The creative workshop for children starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 12.30 p.m.
Creative workshops for children organized as part of the Sunday at the MAA program take place in the ‘mini-altelier’ at the first floor of the Museum or in the garden; at the same time, for youth and all adult visitors a guided tour through the current exhibition Traditional Theatre Puppets оf Mali is organized in small gallery on the ground floor of the Museum.