President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast today (Saturday) opened an exhibition of art treasures from Abidjan Museum at the lake-side resort of Vevey.
President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast today (Saturday) opened an exhibition of art treasures from Abidjan Museum at the lake-side resort of Vevey. With him was Swiss President Ludwig von Moos.
President Houphouet-Boigny, who arrived in Switzerland on Wednesday (9 July), drew up at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Vevey where the exhibition is being held in a horse-drawn carriage.
A group of the President's personal drummers were on hand as a large crowd offered their greetings. An African orchestra provided music for a reception which followed the official-opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition, which is to last until September 22, has a number of displays depicting examples of traditional art works from the Ivory Coast. Many of the displays are being shown publicly for the first time in Europe.
The exhibition also has examples of tools and crafts from the country, as well as samples of jewellery and costumes, many with religious and magical significance. Articles associated with village and farm life in the Ivory Coast are also included in the exhibition.