Spectral-White

The Appearance of Colonial-Era Europeans

Haus der Kulturen der Welt

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Vernissage
31.10.2019 19:00

How were Europeans depicted in the art of the colonized? In his book The Savage Hits Back or the White Men through Native Eyes (1937), Cologne museum director and ethnologist Julius Lips (1895–1950) compiled portrayals that show Europeans as “exotics” and barbaric foreigners. In these objects Lips, who was driven into exile by the Nazis, discovered a subversive critique of the “colonial masters.” Given the current debates over colonial-era collections, Lips’ anticolonial and antifascist polemics seem highly up-to-the-minute.

The exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt adopts Lips’ change of perspective and asks about the consequences of this first “inversive ethnology”. The exhibited objects and photographs address early contact stories, the entry of European commodities in local myths and rituals, the history of trade relations, mission and colonial wars.

Curated by Anna Brus in collaboration with Anselm Franke.

Part of Kanon-Fragen

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Telephone
+49 (30) 39 78 70
Fax
+49 (30) 394 86 79
Website
www.hkw.de/spectral

A companion volume in English will be published by Reimer Verlag in November 2019.
Ed. Anna Brus

Monday
12:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
closed
Wednesday
12:00 - 19:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday - Sunday
12:00 - 19:00
24. December 2019
Closed
25. December 2019
Closed
26. December 2019
Closed
27. December 2019
Closed
28. December 2019
Closed
29. December 2019
Closed
30. December 2019
Closed
31. December 2019
Closed
Admission price
5,00 €

Second visit included
Mon and for visitors under age 16: free admission

Combined ticket with exhibition Love and Ethnology: 9€, second visit included

Reduced price
3,00 €

Second visit included
Mon and for visitors under age 16: free admission

Combined ticket with exhibition Love and Ethnology: 6€, second visit included

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