The Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art in Two Worlds

August 30, 1981 – May 31, 1982

East Building, Ground Floor, Reception Room (2,000 sq. ft.)

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: 89 pieces of funerary art were on view, representing the link between the natural and spiritual worlds. The objects of cloth, terracotta, stone, wood, and nails were shown in cases and on platforms with photomurals and explanatory wall texts.

Organization: Robert F. Thompson of Yale University and Frère Joseph Cornet of Kinshasa, Zaire, organized the exhibition. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Attendance: 267,129

Catalog: The Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art in Two Worlds, by Robert Farris Thompson and Joseph Cornet. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1981.

Brochure: The Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art in Two Worlds. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1981.

Image: Installation view of The Four Moments of the Sun: Kongo Art in Two Worlds, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives