The influences of African art and culture to the European Modern art
This dissertation was written as part of the MA in Art, Law and Economy at the International Hellenic University under the supervision of Prof. K. Odendahl. In this thesis I am trying to combine my knowledge regarding art and art history, specifically the Modern European Art, with my passion and academic interest for Cultural Anthropology, by exploring the Art and the culture of indigenous African tribes and their influences in the European Art of the early 20s. At the same time prompted by the African Cultural heritage, its significance and its contribution to the development and nascence of the Modern Art I give the guidelines for its International Legal Protection in the second chapter. In the third chapter after recognising the strong connection of arts and culture to the evolution, prosperity and survival of a civilization, I am dirrecting the attention to the caliber of Cultural Rights worldwide but whithin the African Region as well. Culture is alive, it experiences, it changes, it can formulate civilizations, can adapt and through the learning process is capable of transforming societies, impinge on art, politics and even the economy of an ethnos. African Cultural Heritage is the living proof of that theory. It managed to infiltrate to the European lifestyle, inspire the greatest artists of the time, such as Picasso and Matisse, and impact their artistic production while creating what today we know as Modern Art. Culture, and Cultural Heritage need to be protected and persevered even today, when the dangers of its dissapearance, decay, change and neglet are disguised in the form of globalization. If culture is so powerful, why don’t we want more cultures? 4 A way to establish and undergird the existance of cultures is to make sure that none of them is forgotten by implement stronger, stricter and more diverse International Laws that not only respect and promote culture but, find ways to educate and reinforce International cooperation.