This exhibition take you into the wonderfully complex realm of folk tradition to explore the single custom - familiar to Hungarians across the country - of the travelling nativity play, including its discovery by ethnographers and museum curators, the range of nativity sets and props involved, and the context in which the custom was practiced.
When Pablo Picasso and his fellow artists first encountered sculptures from Africa and Oceania, treasures of tribal art, at the beginning of the twentieth century, they obviously considered them as artworks. Do ethnographers and researchers, who understand the functions that these objects have in tribal culture, see all them as artworks? Do today's viewers see them as objects of art or interesting ethnographic artefacts from a barely known, remote world? These are the essential questions explored by the exhibition.