Investec Cape Town Art Fair

Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street: Cape Town, South Africa

February 14, 2020 - February 16, 2020 Fair February 14, 2020 February 16, 2020 Europe/London Investec Cape Town Art Fair Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street: Cape Town, South Africa

Investec Cape Town Art Fair showcases a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world, and the world to Cape Town. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, driven by the top galleries on the African continent and beyond. Thanks to its diverse cultural heritage and geographic beauty, Cape Town is a compelling destination for both art world professionals and collectors alike.


Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive: Toronto, Canada

September 21, 2019 - February 23, 2020 Exhibition September 21, 2019 February 23, 2020 Europe/London Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive: Toronto, Canada

Journey along the Sahara Desert’s trade routes during a time when West African gold directly impacted and connected peoples and cultures, arts and beliefs across continents. Experience the first major exhibition to reveal the shared history of West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe from the 8th to 16th centuries and see more than 250 artworks, many shown in North America for the first time.


Fiction Congo

Gablerstrasse 15, 8002: Zürich, Switzerland

November 22, 2019 - March 15, 2020 Exhibition November 22, 2019 March 15, 2020 Europe/London Fiction Congo Gablerstrasse 15, 8002: Zürich, Switzerland

Up to the present day, the Congo serves as a screen for the projection of Western as well as African ideas and fictions. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is famous for its vibrant art scene. Nowhere else in Africa is artistic creativity so diverse, inventive, and at the pulse of time. Still, in the past, too, people in the Congo brought forth impressive masks, figures, and designer pieces, many of which today rank as icons of African art. For the first time, the exhibition presents objects and photographs brought back from the Congo in 1938/39 by the art ethnologist Hans Himmelheber: colourful masks, powerful figures and artfully designed everyday objects. This contrasts with contemporary positions of renowned Congolese artists.


Striking Iron. The Art of African Blacksmiths

37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

November 19, 2019 - March 29, 2020 Exhibition November 19, 2019 March 29, 2020 Europe/London Striking Iron. The Art of African Blacksmiths 37 Quai Branly, 75007: Paris, France

Very few places in the world have such a strong connection to iron as Sub-Saharan Africa. For over two millennia, the forging of one of the planet’s most fundamental materials has revolutionised the continent and profoundly shaped its communities and cultures, from fields to homes and from battlefields to religious sites. Under the hammer of African blacksmiths, masters of fire and virtuosos of transformation, the metal is cast, forged, beaten then metamorphosed into tools, or in some cases vested with social and spiritual power, always with incredible artistic sensitivity. "Striking Iron. The Art of African Blacksmiths" presents the vast diversity of forms and traditions surrounding iron in different regions of Sub-Saharan Africa. 230 pieces produced between the 17th century and the modern-day, ranging from wood sculptures to currencies in a myriad of shapes and sizes, diverse musical instruments, weapons and prestigious objects, all attesting to the talent and technical sophistication of African blacksmiths, figures that are equally venerated and feared.


African Cosmologies—Photography, Time, and the Other

2000 Edwards Street, Building C, Suite 2, Texas: Houston, United States

March 08, 2020 - April 19, 2020 Exhibition March 08, 2020 April 19, 2020 Europe/London African Cosmologies—Photography, Time, and the Other 2000 Edwards Street, Building C, Suite 2, Texas: Houston, United States

The FotoFest Biennial 2020 marks the first time in its 37-year history that the Biennial’s central exhibition will focus on artists of African origin. African Cosmologies will feature over 30 artists from across the continent and its diaspora, making it one of the world’s largest exhibitions of African photography.


Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara

1000 Fifth Avenue, NY 10028: New York, United States

January 30, 2020 - May 10, 2020 Exhibition January 30, 2020 May 10, 2020 Europe/London Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara 1000 Fifth Avenue, NY 10028: New York, United States

From the first millennium, the Sahel—a vast area in Africa just south of the Sahara Desert that spans what is today Senegal, Mali, Mauretania, and Niger—was the birthplace of a succession of influential polities. Fueled by a network of global trade routes extending across the region, the empires of Ghana (300–1200), Mali (1230–1600), Songhay (1464–1591), and Bamana (1640–1861) cultivated an enormously rich material culture. Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara will be the first exhibition of its kind to trace the legacy of those mighty states and what they produced in the visual arts. The presentation will bring into focus transformative developments—such as the rise and fall of political dynasties, and the arrival of Islam—through some 150 objects, including sculptures in wood, stone, fired clay, and bronze; objects in gold and cast metal; woven and dyed textiles; and illuminated manuscripts.