Canadian Museum of Civilization opens Vodou exhibition

. November 16, 2012

Presented for the first time in Canada at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Vodou on view from November 15, 2012 to February 23, 2014, features more than 300 objects from the Marianne Lehmann collection. This collection has been presented internationally and is recognized as one of the world’s most important collections of Vodou objects.


Pake Bizango (Bizango packets), Textile, mirrors, horn. Some pake are placed on a portable stove to show that they are powerful. The mirrors integrated into numerous Bizango pake are associated with the spirit world. Protective channels, they connect that world with the world of humans.© MCC/ CMC, Marie-Louise Deruaz.

The exhibition is the product of a collaboration between the Museum of Civilization and the Fondation pour la préservation, la valorisation et la production d’œuvres culturelles haïtiennes, in partnership with the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Tropenmuseum in the Netherlands.

The Museum of Civilization gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Embassy of Haiti in Canada for supporting this exhibition.

A travelling version of the exhibition will also be available to Canadian and American venues through the Museum’s Travelling Exhibitions Service.

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is the centre for research and public information on the social and human history of the country. Located on the shores of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec, the Museum is Canada’s largest and most popular cultural institution, attracting over 1.2 million visitors each year. The Museum of Civilization’s principal role is to preserve and promote the heritage of Canada for present and future generations, thereby contributing to the promotion and enhancement of Canadian identity.

Category: Fine Art

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