Madonna (after Omomá and Céline)
The Tropenmuseum presents the sculpture 'Madonna (after Omomá and Céline)'. This sculpture by Dutch artist Roy Villevoye was purchased in 2010 by the museum.
The lifelike sculpture represents a small black man holding a white baby. Koos van Brakel, Tropenmuseum's Head of Collections, explains why the museum bought the sculpture: "What makes this work special is te way it forces viewers to ask questions. We hope that they will try to work it out what it means for themselves.
That fits in with our ethos. While as a museum we try to tell a story, we also give our visitors the space to make up their own mind about what they see.”
Elements and people of New Guinea are a recurring theme in his work. He is interested in how culture works and how one culture develops in relation to others.
See the sculpture for yourself
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