Kuba: Fabric of an Empire

The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive, MD, 21218: Baltimore, United States

August 19, 2018 - January 20, 2019 Exhibition August 19, 2018 January 20, 2019 Europe/London Kuba: Fabric of an Empire The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive, MD, 21218: Baltimore, United States

This exhibition of dazzling Kuba textiles presented in the BMA’s Cone Collection galleries reveals how a central African kingdom independently developed a form of modernist abstraction in the 20th century. The Kuba kingdom, on the southern edge of the Congolese Rainforest in central Africa, developed one of the greatest civilizations in the history of the continent. Art and design were central to their life. In addition to an elaborate and varied masquerade tradition, Kuba men and women were prolific textile artists, even weaving houses and embroidering currency. As the kingdom grew richer and more powerful, Kuba men and women began to create increasingly abstract designs. Works produced in Kuba’s earlier periods are defined by repeating patterns and minute details. Textiles created at the height of the kingdom’s power and prestige are characterized by bold, inventive designs that are constantly in flux. The BMA is proud to partner with the Historic Textile Research Foundation on this groundbreaking exhibition.


Congo Stars

Lendkai 1: Graz, Austria

September 22, 2018 - January 27, 2019 Exhibition September 22, 2018 January 27, 2019 Europe/London Congo Stars Lendkai 1: Graz, Austria

Congo Stars shows Congolese popular paintings from the 1960s to the present day as well as Congolese contemporary art, also from artists now living in Paris and Brussels, with loans from the MRCA in Tervuren, the Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth, private collectors and from Austrian collections such as the Sammlung Armin Prinz der Österreichischen Ethnomedizinischen Gesellschaft, Sammlung Horvath Politischer Kunst, Weltmuseum Wien, Sammlung Peter Weihs et al..


BRAFA

Tour & Taxis: Brussels, Belgium

January 26, 2019 - February 03, 2019 Fair January 26, 2019 February 03, 2019 Europe/London BRAFA Tour & Taxis: Brussels, Belgium

Brafa is one of the leading European art and antiques fairs. Here, all art works on show are for sale and quality and authenticity are two of the key requirements exhibitors face. Brafa is an eclectic fair which encompasses a variety of specialities, from antiquity to the 21st century, including archaeology, Oceanic art, African art...


World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean

308 Charles E. Young Drive North: Los Angeles, United States

October 21, 2018 - February 10, 2019 Exhibition October 21, 2018 February 10, 2019 Europe/London World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean 308 Charles E. Young Drive North: Los Angeles, United States

World on the Horizon explores Swahili arts as objects of mobility, outcomes of encounter, and as products of trade and imperialism. Works from different regions and time periods come together in this exhibition to reveal the movement of artistic forms, motifs, and preferences, and to reflect the changing meanings they may carry during the course of their life histories.


Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa

200 N. Boulevard Richmond: Virginia, United States

November 10, 2018 - February 18, 2019 Exhibition November 10, 2018 February 18, 2019 Europe/London Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa 200 N. Boulevard Richmond: Virginia, United States

This innovative and visually compelling exhibition presents more than 130 masks from the vast Congo region of Africa. Drawn from the finest and most comprehensive collection in private hands, these masks from the 19th and 20th centuries are combined with film footage, photographs, instruments, maps, and music to evoke the sights and sounds of the Congo.


1-54 Marrakech

La Mamounia, Palace Avenue Bab Jdid: Marrakech, Morocco

February 24, 2019 - February 25, 2019 Fair February 24, 2019 February 25, 2019 Europe/London 1-54 Marrakech La Mamounia, Palace Avenue Bab Jdid: Marrakech, Morocco

1-54 Marrakech 2018 welcomed 4,000 local and international visitors, 17 leading galleries from Africa and around the world, with over 50 international artists. 1-54 presented special projects in partnership with Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Madeen (MACAAL), Musée Yves Saint-Laurent Marrakech and Fondation Montresso*, as well as a wider programme of events in partnership with other local institutions across the city, including Comptoir des Mines Galerie, LE 18 and Riad Yima, among others. 1-54 Marrakech returns between the 23 -24 February 2019 at La Mamounia.