The huge collection of African art that is housed at the Tervuren Museum, located in Belgium, is showcased in this African Art: Legacy of Oppression Video (DVD/VHS). Journalists, authors and art historians of note discuss many of the 250,000 pieces of art that span 250 African cultures. With a wide range of artistic styles that are focused on in this 13 minutes presentation, the viewer is able to get a rare glimpse of the stunning beauty and craftsmanship these artisans have passed down from generation to generation. View a preview clip and prepare to be mesmerized and dazzled.
Ramona Austin, art historian, finds the abstracts that are used by many of the cultures highlighted in this video to be particularly fascinating. It is these emotionally engrossing abstracts that influenced many of the masters of Europe, such as Picasso, with their generalized forms and modernistic qualities. She also marvels at the fine detailing that is present on objects that were used in everyday life, such as combs. Author and journalist, Adam Hochschild, notes that Belgium acquired these fine works of art when King Leopold II colonized and exploited the area in the 1800s. Produced in 1998, this presentation features art history, photography and art.