Mancala is a board game of a
cognitive nature played in different variations across four continents: Africa,
Asia, South and North America. The multimedia exhibition, with the accompanying
catalogue, offers several possible outlooks on this game and through the act of
playing, the possibility of becoming part of the unique atmosphere the game
exhibition is the third in a series of exhibitions based on the private
collection of Belgian collector of African art, Guibert Hairson. Besides
African mancala boards, counters and sculptures from the Guibert Hairson
Collection, the exhibition is enriched with objects from the Popović family
collection and mancala boards from the Museum of African Art in Belgrade. Also,
in order to give a more comprehensive interpretation of board games, the
exhibition includes two stone mancalas from the Archaeological Institute in
Belgrade presented to the public for the first time. The two Belgrade mancalas,
which were excavated at the Belgrade Fortress are dated to the 17th century.
exhibition additionally includes filmed video materials containing interviews
with collector Guiber Hairson, African museum curators from Belgium and
Holland, archeologists, African and local mancala-players and other
connoisseurs of this ancient board game.
Thursday from 18-20h The Museum of African Art in collaboration with Board
Game’s Club “C22”, organizes the MANCALA RULES! program, which involves
teaching exhibition visitors the rules of mancala.
“Mancala, Game of Thought” has proclaimed the Honorary Project of the Year 2012
by The Serbian National Committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums).
author of the “Mancala, Game of Thought” exhibition and catalogue is Ivana
Vojt, art historian and curator of the Museum of African Art in Belgrade.
Museum of African Art, December 27th 2012 - July 10th 2013.