This innovative and visually compelling exhibition presents more than 130 masks from what was once the vast Congo region of Africa. Drawn from the finest and most comprehensive collection in private hands, these masks from the 19th and 20th centuries are combined with film footage, photographs, instruments, maps, and rhythmic rhumba music to evoke the sights and sounds of the Congo.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Congo Basin Art History Research Center, Brussels, Belgium


The Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibitions Endowment
The Julia Louise Reynolds Fund

Margaret and Thomas Mackell
Don and Mary Shockey

Ongoing support for VMFA’s exhibition program is provided by the following endowments: the Dr. Donald S. and Beejay Brown Endowment, the Council Exhibition Fund, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment, the Fabergé Ball Endowment, and the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund.