Must-See Exhibitions during this First Weekend of Lagos Art Season and More News

Friday, 25 October 2019


SEE PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING SENEGAL’S CULTURAL EVENTS OF 1950S. A new project shows Senegal through the documentary lens of Senegalese black-and-white film photographer Roger DaSilva (1925-2008), whose extensive archive comprised of an estimated 75,000 negatives discovered in his home after his death. Six of his restored photographs will be presented at this year’s Also Known as Africa (AKAA) design festival, running from 8–11 November 2019 in Paris. [Hyperallergic]

FAKES ARE FLOODING THE SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET. A study by the University of Pretoria shows that the growth of interest in African art has resulted in a spike in fake works, especially works of black modernists—30% of works that showed up in a Google search for a particular artist were fakes. Most of these fakes have been traced to a group now called African Modernist Fake School, who works with a group of galleries and auction houses. [The Conversation]

THE YEMISI SHYLLON MUSEUM OF ART OPENS TOMORROW. The first privately funded university museum established at Pan-Atlantic University, Lekki with a donation of more than 1,000 works from Prince Yemisi Shyllon is set to open on Saturday, 26 October 2019. The inaugural exhibitions, ‘ Making Matter: Materiality and Technology in Nigerian Art’ and ‘Mirroring the Nation: Art, Society and Politics’ are curated by Iheanyi Onwuegbucha from the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos. [The Art Newspaper]

PARIS AUCTION HOUSE ESTABLISHES FULL-TIME OFFICE IN MOROCCO. The auction house, Artcurial, which has been active in Morocco since 2011, is now launching a permanent subsidiary in Marrakesh and will start holding regular auction at the famous La Mamounia hotel from December this year. Artcurial has said its decision represents “the first international auction house to establish operations on the African continent.” [Gazette]


Abayomi Barber, Self Portrait 2 (1975). Courtesy Hourglass Gallery, Lagos
Abayomi Barber, Self Portrait 2 (1975). Courtesy Hourglass Gallery, Lagos



It’s the first weekend of Lagos unofficial art season. Over time it seems institutions, galleries, artists have come to agree that the last quarter of the year is best suited for art events in Lagos—birthing an art season of fairs, exhibitions and other projects. There’s so much going on that it’s impossible to attend every opening.  Starting with this weekend, here’s our recommendation for the most important openings to attend.

Friday, 25

Opening: 10am
Alpha One, Eko Atlantic, Victoria Island

Public opening of Impart fair—opportunity to see works by over 100 talented artists including artists who do not have gallery representation yet. One of the fair’s focus is allowing art lovers discover and get their hands on works by emerging artists they would ordinarily not encounter at fairs. You also get to experience the application of interactive and immersive technology to art.

Saturday, 26

Opening: 2pm
Hourglass Gallery, Victoria Island, Lagos

Hourglass is having an exhibition to celebrate the 91st birthday of Abayomi Barber, one of the most influential contemporary artists of our time. Barber will be there, and there’ll be a presentation of a book on his sketches by Dozie Igweze.

Opening: 6pm
Kia Showroom, 308 Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island

Arthouse Contemporary presents an exhibition of works by the members of the Zaria Art Society—the students of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, including Uche Okeke, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Demas Nwoko, Yusuf Grillo and Simon Okeke, who in 1958 formed the society as a reaction to the Western art education offered at Zaria and as a positive move toward a national vision of art (they were subsequently called Zaria Rebels).

Sunday, 27

Opening: 4pm
Federal Government Press Liaison Office

Grand opening exhibition of the 10th edition of the first international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, a month long programme of exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations and discussions. With the theme Passport, this edition delves into the constraints and prospects of the most important official document a human being holds and features photographs by artists from all over the world, including Christina Nwabugo, Daveed Baptiste, Joana Choumali, MaïMouna Guerresi, Rahima Gambo and Stephen Tayo.

Roger DaSilva, Boxing club, Dakar (c. 1952). Roger daSilva © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Courtesy Xaritufoto and Le Korsa/Hyperallergic
Roger DaSilva, Boxing club, Dakar (c. 1952). Roger daSilva © 2018 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Courtesy Xaritufoto and Le Korsa/Hyperallergic


YINKA SHONIBARE IS PART OF THE NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT WELLCOME COLLECTION, LONDON. Shonibare’s Refugee Astronaut is on display as part of the exhibition titled ‘Being Human,’ which looks at what it means to be human in the 21st century. About his life-size figure wearing a helmet and spacesuit with his possessions on his back, the artist said, “What you have here is a nomadic astronaut just trying to find somewhere that’s still habitable.”—a sort of dire omen from an environmentally catastrophic future. [Wellcome]

JOY LABINJO EXHIBITS ‘OUR HISTORIES CLING TO US’ AT BALTIC, UK. From 19 October 2019 till 23 February 2020, Labinjo presents her first major institutional solo presentation at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom. Labinjo makes large-scale paintings featuring portraits of relatives, friends and people she has discovered in family albums. [Baltic]

JEAN PIGOZZI’S COLLECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART FROM AFRICA EXHIBITED IN SWITZERLAND. Following Pigozzi’s recent major donation of works to MoMA, Galerie Gmurzynska presents Expressions ‘d’Afrique – Inside Jean Pigozzi’s Collection,’ an exhibition highlighting the “expressions” of Africa created by the continent’s best artists over the last 30 years. Collector and entrepreneur Jean Pigozzi started his collection in 1989 and has assembled one of the most important and largest collections of African contemporary art in the world. [ARTFIXdaily]


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