Timable Event

Colours of Congo: Patterns, Symbols and Narratives in 20th-Century Congolese Paintings

time 13 Apr - 28 Aug (every Tue to Sat) 9:30am (8hr 30min)

time 18 Apr - 29 Aug (every Sun) 1am (5hr)

location 香港大學博物館 徐展堂樓 1樓 》香港薄扶林般咸道90號 香港大學美術博物館

(free event)

The exhibition is now extended to August 29, 2021.

"Colours of Congo: Patterns, Symbols and Narratives in 20th-Century Congolese Paintings" displays a selection of Congolese work created from the 1920s to 1960.

Thanks to unprecedented access to extensive archives and art collections, the exhibition’s narrative presents a generous overview of paintings that were instigated when a single artist from Belgium began a painting workshop so as to collaborate with the indigenous population of Elisabethville (modern-day Lubumbashi). This first studio was followed by other workshops that assisted in developing a hybrid artform that remains a celebrated phenomenon.

The European influence of painting first began with Georges Thiry, who worked for Belgium’s colonial administration starting in 1926. In Elisabethville, Thiry had noticed a series of painted murals of crocodiles and birds. He inquired about the artist and was introduced to Albert Lubaki. Thiry was fascinated by the artist Lubaki, his wife, and the other community members who continued to document their connection to the natural world through wall paintings.

The exhibition and accompanying volume of essays primarily examines this group of paintings as artworks worth considering on their own merits—describing their techniques and inherent beauty, while acknowledging that their iconographic contents reflect daily life within village communities. The juxtaposition of European artists and artistic materials brought to Africa, and the display of African paintings in European art metropolises, initiated decades of intense collaboration and cultural exchange.

Temporary assistant professor in the African Studies Program of the University of Hong Kong Dr Estela Ibáñez-García, “The exhibition displays a selection of Congolese paintings and provides diverse perspectives to assist audiences in understanding the complexity of Congolese realities during colonial times. These perspectives reveal that reality is a construct based on how individuals make sense of their own experiences. Experience is always subjective, as it refers to how events are received by consciousness. Yet, as the essays in this catalogue illustrate, we can transcend this narrow sphere of subjectivity through the arts. A close reading of the paintings reveals how Congolese artists articulated and represented their own experiences during colonial times; a critical reading of how Europeans used and interpreted these creations also indicates their own worldview.”

Visit the virtual exhibition here: https://www.virtual.umag.hku.hk/colours-of-congo-en

Details of the Exhibition
Period: February 23, 2021 (Tuesday) to August 29, 2021 (Sunday)
Opening Hours:
9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Tuesday to Saturday)
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays, University and Public Holidays
Venue: 1/F T.T. Tsui Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Tel/Email: (852) 2241 5500 (General Enquiry) / [email protected]
Admission: Free
Website: http://www.umag.hku.hk/en/


To organise the "African Movie Screenings", the Fang Zhaoling Gallery will be temporarily closed during following time slots:

10 March 2021 12:45pm-2:45pm
24 March 2021 12:45pm-1:45pm
7 April 2021 12:45pm-2:00pm
21 April 2021 12:45pm-2:45pm
5 May 2021 12:45pm-2:45pm
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