Introduction by Wayne Modest, Head of Museum affairs at Tropenmuseum to the symposium Popular Imagination on the Africa collection of the museum, 22 September 2011.

Popular arts
Tropenmuseum collects material manifestations to African culture. Over the last twenty years, the museum has also looked for examples of popular art and popular culture. What is the significance of this popular art and for whom is it intended? What role do and should museums play in collecting, researching and giving meaning to these objects? How do museums relate to the creators of these art forms, their original target groups, and the academic world?
Various specialists spoke at the symposium before engaging in discussion with one another and the audience. Keynote speaker is Johannes Fabian, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Amsterdam University (UvA).
During the symposium the third book of the Tropenmuseum Ccollection Series was presented: Africa at the Tropenmuseum - published by KIT Publishers. The symposium was the second in a series of ongoing public debates organised by the Tropenmuseum.

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