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Spuren des Regenbogens : Kunst und Leben im südlichen Afrika = Tracing the rainbow : art and life in southern Africa /
Stefan Eisenhofer (Ed.).
imprint
Linz : Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum ; Stuttgart : Arnoldsche, 2001.
description
495 p. : ill. (mostly col.), maps ; 30 cm.
ISBN
3897901587 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Linz : Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum ; Stuttgart : Arnoldsche, 2001.
isbn
3897901587 (alk. paper)
general note
"Ausstellung ... im Schlossmuseum Linz am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum vom 2. April bis 4. November 2001"--Colophon.
language note
Text in German and English.
catalogue key
4737372
 
Includes bibliographical references (P. 488-492) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2002-02-01:
This edited volume is primarily in German; of 27 essays, six are in English. This reviewer does not read German, so the present review focuses on the organization and presentation of material rather than on the substance of the essays' contents. The book broadly addresses life and material culture in southern Africa. Countries represented include South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Ethnic groups represented are also numerous and include the Zulu, San, Xhosa, Shona, and Ndebele, among many others. The large, lavishly produced book includes 480 images, primarily in color; subjects are extremely wide-ranging, from specific types of artwork to national divisions, land rights, and history. For these reasons, the book's organization and its intended audience are not readily apparent. The illustrations are similarly diverse, both in subject matter and in quality. The essays include art historical analysis, archaeological overviews of the region, personal testimonials, commentary on political and social issues, and discussions of traditional medicine. The illustrations range from contemporary painting and photography, photographs as documents, and extensive photographs of traditional art works from public and private collections. Utilitarian objects, including pots and beadwork, are particularly well represented. Suitable for general readers, upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals. V. Rovine University of Iowa Museum of Art
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Summaries
Long Description
The unique cultural landscape of southern Africa (Nambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa) is a highly dynamic and complex area where old traditions are confronted by explosive social and political upheavals. The resulting contradictions and conflicts stimulate a directions as well as ancient roots. The collection of highly varied essays by knowledgeable experts on Africa ranges from historical and political problems to questions of artistic production and of how to deal with culture and nature in the face of industrialisation and globalisation. Art is one of the major subjects, and the contemporary artistic activities, including photography. The publication presents a picture of a vigorously alive southern Africa, contradicting common western Cliches which regard the region as having no art and solely being riddled with problems of post-apartheid, crime and AIDS.
Main Description
The unique cultural landscape of southern Africa (Nambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South
Main Description
The unique cultural landscape of southern Africa (Nambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa) is a highly dynamic and complex area where old traditions are confronted by explosive social and political upheavals. The resulting contradictions a

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