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African art at Galerie Astra

/ 01:28 AM February 06, 2016

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The art collection of a European diplomat stationed in West Africa in the ’80s is being displayed in an art exhibit (until Feb. 16) at Galerie Astra, LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia st., Bel-Air II, Makati City.

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The collection features 34 African art pieces, including Dan masks, Nomoli stone sculptures and Sande society’s helmet masks. Masks and figures are used in religious ceremonies.

They’re valuable to Africans, but since they’re often utilized in rituals, no effort was made to preserve them as aesthetic accomplishments.

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African art first attracted the attention of Europeans in 1905 and influenced artists like Picasso and Modigliani.

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