The Arts Past and Present: the Benin Bronzes: Track 1
Are ancient sculptures ethnographic artefacts or works of art? How...
Are ancient sculptures ethnographic artefacts or works of art? How can objects like these throw light on the relationship of our culture to other cultures, both in the past and in the present? This album explores some of the issues surrounding interpretation and display of bronze sculptures originating in Benin in West Africa. The video explores the academic dilemmas behind decisions that Western curators have to make about how the pieces should be displayed. In the supporting audio, Open University academic Paul Wood unpicks some of the issues arising from the film. This material forms part of The Open University course AA100 The arts past and present.
- Duration 25 mins
- Published on: Tuesday 1st December 2009
- Introductory Level
- Posted under: History & The Arts
A short introduction to this album.
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Tracks in this podcast:
|1||The arts past and present: the Benin Bronzes||A short introduction to this album. Play now The arts past and present: the Benin Bronzes|
|2||Exhibiting the Benin Bronzes||The academic dilemmas behind curatorial decisions on ways of displaying the Benin Bronzes. Play now Exhibiting the Benin Bronzes|
|3||Ethnographic artefacts or works of art?||Open University academic Paul Wood explores some of the issues surrounding classification of objects such as the Benin Bronzes. Play now Ethnographic artefacts or works of art?|
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Tuesday, 1st December 2009
- Body text - Content: Copyright The Open University
- Audio/Video tracks: Copyright The Open University
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