Benin. Looted History

Museum am Rothenbaum, Kulturen und Künste der Welt, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148: Hamburg, Germany

December 17, 2021 - December 31, 2022 Exhibition December 17, 2021 December 31, 2022 Europe/London Benin. Looted History Museum am Rothenbaum, Kulturen und Künste der Welt, Rothenbaumchaussee 64, 20148: Hamburg, Germany

The colonial occupation of the Kingdom of Benin by British troops in February 1897 marked the end of one of the most powerful West African kingdoms. In consequence thousands of works of art made of bronze, ivory and wood were looted from the royal palace and dispersed worldwide. In view of the planned restitution, the MARKK’s Benin collection will now be presented in its entirety. In addition to informing on the British colonial war and the current restitution debate, the show offers different perspectives on the original meaning of the objects, their outstanding artistic quality, and their significance for African art and cultural history. A specific focus is given on the provenance of the collection and its intertwined history with the Hamburg trade networks.


Treasures of the Al Thani Collection

Hôtel de la Marine, 2 Pl. de la Concorde, 75008: Paris, France

November 18, 2021 - December 31, 2022 Exhibition November 18, 2021 December 31, 2022 Europe/London Treasures of the Al Thani Collection Hôtel de la Marine, 2 Pl. de la Concorde, 75008: Paris, France

The Centre des monuments nationaux and the Al Thani Collection Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the museum space dedicated to showing artworks from the Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine on 18th November 2021. The exhibition – Treasures of the Al Thani Collection – will showcase a rich diversity of approximately 120 artworks drawn from across the Collection, bringing together exceptional works of art from antiquity to modern times. Celebrating the unifying force of art across cultures, it will juxtapose superlative works of art from different civilisations, sharing with the public high points of creative expression across periods and geographies.


Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1200 Getty Center Dr: Los Angeles, United States

October 12, 2022 - January 23, 2023 Exhibition October 12, 2022 January 23, 2023 Europe/London Nubia: Jewels of Ancient Sudan From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1200 Getty Center Dr: Los Angeles, United States

For nearly 3,000 years a series of kingdoms flourished in ancient Nubia (present-day southern Egypt and northern Sudan). The region was rich in sought-after resources such as gold and ivory and its trade networks reached Egypt, Greece, Rome, and central Africa. This exhibition presents highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's extensive collection of Nubian objects and features superbly crafted jewelry, metalwork, and sculpture exhibiting the wealth and splendor of Nubian society.


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG: London, United Kingdom

November 24, 2022 - February 26, 2023 Exhibition November 24, 2022 February 26, 2023 Europe/London Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG: London, United Kingdom

The first major survey of the celebrated London-based painter. Widely considered to be one of the most important painters of her generation, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. Her paintings often allude to historic European portraiture – notably Francisco de Goya, John Singer Sargent and Édouard Manet – yet in subject matter and technique, her approach is decidedly contemporary. Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters, Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings raise important questions of identity and representation. This exhibition will bring together over 80 paintings and works on paper from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.


Africa Fashion

Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL: London, United Kingdom

June 11, 2022 - April 16, 2023 Exhibition June 11, 2022 April 16, 2023 Europe/London Africa Fashion Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL: London, United Kingdom

Africa Fashion will celebrate the irresistible creativity, ingenuity and unstoppable global impact of contemporary African fashion creatives. Over 250 objects spanning iconic mid-twentieth century designers to the present day, complemented by photographs and textiles from the V&A’s collections, will explore the vitality and innovation of a fashion scene as dynamic and varied as the continent itself. The V&A will explore how music and the visual arts also formed a key part of Africa’s cultural renaissance, laying the foundation for today’s fashion revolution. Following a major public call-out, new acquisitions highlighting African diasporic fashion trends of the day, paired with personal testimonies, will go on show for the first time. Alongside, Africa Fashion will highlight the new generation of ground-breaking designers, collectives, stylists and fashion photographers working across the continent today, transforming global fashions as we know them.