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Meyina: El Anatsui Exhibition at Prince Claus Fund Gallery

An exhibition of works by El Anatsui (Ghana, 1944), one of the most influential contemporary artists working today, is on view at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam.

Regular visiting hours are Monday – Friday 10.00-17.00 through 28 April 2017. The Prince Claus Fund Gallery is located on Herengracht 603, Amsterdam. Admission is free.

Watch our short film about the exhibtion here

El Anatsui’s large-scale bottle top wall installations have enthralled viewers around the world. He has received wide-spread acclaim including a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Venice Biennale and the 2009 Prince Claus Award. His works are to be found in the collections of several prestigious museums worldwide.

“El Anatsui inspires artists across the world through his work,” says the Prince Claus Fund’s Director Joumana El Zein Khoury, “not only with his beautiful art, but also with the way he engages his own culture and traditions and involves students and local people in the creation of his art. The Fund is delighted to present his work to a Dutch public here in our gallery.”

Curator Bisi Silva says, “it is a honour to have the opportunity to work again with El Anatsui and in Amsterdam.With his scintillating sculptural installations, over the past two decades he has been able to articulate his interest in and study of African History and its post-colonial identity. Through this exhibition I hope to highlight aspects of his artistic practice as well as his professional career of over three decades as a university professor and its impact on several generations of artists, curators and writers from Nigeria, West Africa and across the continent.” 

El Anatsui’s exhibition Meyina at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery is on view for the public from 24 November 2016 through 28 April 2017. The opening on Thursday, 24 November was part of Amsterdam Art Weekend and was in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Prince Claus Fund. The exhibition is curated by Bisi Silva, an independent curator and founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.

Photo (c) Andy Keate

Meyina: El Anatsui Exhibition at Prince Claus Fund Gallery

"one of the most influential contemporary artists working today"

El Anatsui

El Anatsui

El Anatsui was born in Ghana and has had a distinguished career in Nigeria since 1975 as a visual artist and educator. Anatsui experiments with local symbolic vocabularies, forms, artisanal processes and materials. His work is part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris and the British Museum, London, amongst other public collections. El Anatsui is emeritus Professor of Sculpture at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he taught for over thirty years. He has also received many accolades including most recently from such institutions as Harvard University and the University of Cape Town. In 2009 El Anatsui received the Prince Claus Award for “the outstanding aesthetic and intellectual qualities of his creations, for his innovative use of materials to highlight the dialogue between culture and nature, and for his dedicated and inspirational role in the development of the visual arts…”

El Anatsui: Meyina

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Meyina: El Anatsui Exhibition at Prince Claus Fund Gallery

 
 
 
 

Meyina: El Anatsui Exhibition at Prince Claus Fund Gallery

An exhibition of works by El Anatsui (Ghana, 1944), one of the most influential contemporary artists working today, is on view at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam. Regular visiting hours are Monday – Friday 10.00-17.00 through 28 April 2017. The Prince Claus Fund Gallery is located on Herengracht 603, Amsterdam. Admission is free. Watch our short film about the exhibtion here El...