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Musée Théodore Monod: primitive arts from all of West Africa


Also known as IFAN, the ‘Fundamental Institute of Black Africa', this museum works with the Cheikh Anta Diop University.

The museum collection amounts to more than 9,000 items, including more than 300 that are presented to the public permanently. Funerary masks, terracotta statuettes, drums made from animal skins, and many other works are spread out over the two major thematic pavilions of the museum, both of which also welcome exhibitions on traditional African art and ethnographic objects.

In a smaller pavilion devoted to scenes of everyday life, you will discover ceremonies related to birth and funerals and the symbolism of masks, and rites such as the appeasement of ancestors, common in some tribes. If you are not a fan of history and ethnography, check out the exhibitions of contemporary African art; the museum is one of the official sites for the Dakar Biennial or Dak'Art.

A recent exhibit honoured Amsterdam-based Cameroonian photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba.

Musée Théodore Monod / Musée de l'IFAN
Rue Emile Zola

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