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Transparents Exhibition

Transparents Exhibition

The Transparents Exhibition – John Armleder & the Musée Barbier-Mueller – will run from the 23rd May 2024 to the 05th January 2025.

Cultural Dialogue: Geneva Artist’s Glass Works Meet Barbier-Mueller Collection

In the Transparents Exhibition exhibition, there’s a rich conversation unfolding, weaving together diverse cultural influences and artistic expressions. The focus lies on the glass creations of the artist based in Geneva, harmonizing with a selection of artifacts from , Asia, and Oceania sourced from the esteemed Barbier-Mueller collection.

Transparents Exhibition.
Ifa divination tray. 
Youruba. 
Nigeria.
Wood.
W 43cm
Inv. 1011-74C.
Barbier-Mueller Museum.
Photo Luis Lourenco.

Photo address: https://www.barbier-mueller.ch/wp-content/uploads/1011-74-D-LL.jpg

Transparents Exhibition. Ifa divination tray.
Youruba.
Nigeria.
Wood.
W 43cm
Inv. 1011-74C.
Barbier-Mueller Museum.
Photo Luis Lourenco.

John Armleder’s Artistic Selection: Exploring Transparency and Mythology

In this curated collection at the Transparents Exhibition, John Armleder, a close friend of the Barbier-Mueller family, delves into his body of work, beginning with a glass sculpture crafted in 2017 as a homage to Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller. From there, he handpicked pieces that exude transparency, many of which have seldom been displayed before. The selection process involved a careful consideration of how these works resonate with or diverge from the pieces in the Barbier-Mueller collection, aiming to provoke contemplation on themes like knowledge transfer, traditional craftsmanship, fragmentation, and integration. Assembled together, certain artworks weave a tapestry of mythological or fantastical narratives.

Transparents Exhibition.
Mask, We, Ivory Coast.
Wood with black patina, animal skin, fibre, bristles, hair, copper and iron.
H 40cm
Inv. 1003-34.
Barbier-Mueller Museum.
Photo luis Lourenco.

Photo address: https://www.barbier-mueller.ch/wp-content/uploads/Masque-we-1003-34-Face-1.jpg

Transparents Exhibition. Mask, We, Ivory Coast.
Wood with black patina, animal skin, fibre, bristles, hair, copper and iron.
H 40cm
Inv. 1003-34.
Barbier-Mueller Museum.
Photo luis Lourenco.

While you’re here, we invite you to explore our remarkable African art collection by clicking the link below. You may discover a piece that resonates with you.

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