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The permanent museum of overseas France preserves the prestige of the International Exhibition of 1931. In the setting of a national park, the zoo and the old folk traditions attract a very large public.
“It was necessary to show there, in several rooms available, a first accomplishment of
Collaboration between official institutions and personalities or companies of private initiative, between the Administration, Art, Literature, Press and Economy, to retain the favor of the Metropolis that dispute so many worries, An art columnist from the Magazine of Madagascar “. The objective is that in Paris, one can see in this time preoccupied with future achievements, what offer, under the French leadership, “the gifts of one of the races of our Empire the most flexible to progress”.
As soon as the general government was solicited by the curator of the Paris Museum, he responded promptly. The Economic Agency also produces aloalo, lamba and sakalava pottery, valiha, drums and canoes. The Museum also lends a collection of the most characteristic Lemurs of the Great Island.
“From this first base was to be formed a warm gathering of works and actions, representations and contests, images and atmosphere, all this concert of care, vows, offerings and calls for a bright future Be an Exhibition. To the Malagasy products, standardization ensures a civil status that reassures, but to marry well to the European clientele, we must give them a dowry: advertising and a shimmering keychain of the most beautiful exotic colors, exhibitions! “
The official consecration of this coordinated effort is given by the Minister of the Colonies, Louis Rollin, who presides over the inauguration of the Exhibition. At this event came the traveling scholars, so many sculptors and donors who had never left France, notorious writers, the charming intercolonial cosmos of administrators with their wives and children. “
It is with eagerness that the visitors flock from a diorama to a jewel of minerals, enchanted by the variety of small stands, the scenic animation of various presentations of objects, the shimmering of Malagasy fabrics.
According to the artistic columnist of the Magazine of Madagascar, as soon as the arrival of the minister Louis Rollin, all are enveloped by the music of the Malagasy choruses. “These chants (are) harmoniously exalted of shrill voices who bewitch the ear and the memory of a rhythmic incantation ceremonies for birth, circumcision, weddings or funerals rustic. For, as the chronicler explains, the curator wants the public to have not only the local color to which he is already accustomed, but accompanied by this local tone and his local because, he asks himself, “Madagascar is not It is above all not music “.
The exhibition center brings together the winning numbers of the last Antananarivo Art Show. “The show has taken such a development that it can not be carried entirely.” Under the aegis of the General Government, the Heydman couple deploys a School of Applied Arts, which it radiates into basketwork and Esparto, lace and tapestry, watercolor and sculpture. The workshop leaves its students free and even cultivates their independence. That is to say, fantasy, “the inspirations that renew the invention of the traces of indigenous traditions, the malicious or sentimental naiveties of the races”.
Thus, the School protects the artistic development of an “old razzeur of oxen” and makes the Bara Tsida, a laureate. Besides, all the beautiful ladies, the wives of the chiefs of the service of Antananarivo, ripped off his primitive-and not primary-statuettes of pugilists or oxen who clashed. “Just a lovely animal world full of frank and indigenous creation in ceramics and glassware urban delightful and humorous animal toys carved by the countrymen in the horn: these incomparable animals worthy of the most original fabulist were administering Elemír Bourges when we brought back from our first trips the samples bought for a few sous at Zoma. “
Old lamps carved with a great archaic style in massive stone testify that these races are not only “awakened by a satirist and cuddly genius, but by a decorative feeling capable of majesty. “