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The mask belongs to the Dundo Regional Museum in Angola and went missing during the civil war (1975-2002).

The story of the quest to find the stolen mask began two years ago, and has today reached a happy ending: the mask will be returned to the Angolan authorities. Before it is sent back to Angola, it can be seen at the Centre for Fine Arts as part of the IncarNations exhibition.

The exhibition includes a room on the ongoing recovery project around the Dundo Regional Museum, where a recently rediscovered flywhisk was put on display. The mask has been added to the room and remains on display until the end of the exhibition (6 October).

This is a ‘Chihongo’ mask, from the Chokwe people of Angola. Masks of this type are traditionally associated with the mukanda initiation ceremonies.


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    Dierendonckblancke at the XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo

    The exhibition Dierendonckblancke. Praxis has been selected among more than 740 international proposals to be part of the prestigious XII International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo, for the core exhibition ‘Architectures of the Everyday’ to take place between September and December 2019 at CCSP in São Paulo; the opening will be 10 to 13 September.

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  • It is with deep sadness and shock that we hear about the sudden passing of Binta Sagna in Brussels on 6 August.

    For several years Binta Sagna was a frequent collaborator of the Centre for Fine Arts, especially the Africa Desk and our Communication department.

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  • CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Sustainable Transformations

    On Thursday 17 October BOZAR is organising a Sustainable Transformations Seminar Day, in partnership with Aalto University. The theme is ‘Sustainable Transformations: Exploring the Arts and Creativity in Stimulating Innovations and Technologies with a Human Touch’.

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