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| Designbest editorial staff

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reaming of Africa”: this could well be the title of this exhibition, which will be at Vitra Design Musem until the 13th September 2015 under the title “Making Africa –A Continent of Contemporary Design”. This exhibiton includes around 120 artists and creative people, which represent what Africa has to offer both in terms of design and creativity. Set up by Amelie Klein (Vitra Design Museum) and Okwui Enwezor (director of Haus der Kunst of Munich and of the 2015 Biennale d’Arte, Venice); this is the chief platform for showcasing Africa as a global hub for research and innovation.

One only needs to have a look at the artwork to realise that African art has radically changed. Despite its problems, this continent is hastily developing and important changes have affected the lives of artists and designers.

Change is in the air and, from the moment you step inside, you are greeted with typical African flair. Bold colours, tribal patterns, futuristic installations and black and white photography: digital natives are the key players of the African art scene. Internet and new technologies tell a new point of view.

“Making Africa” has some 280 pieces on display, from furniture to design, videos, fashion and books…you will find two animation films by Robin Rhode, a South African artist who lives in Berlin, artwork by Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, photographs on post-colonial Africa by Mozambican Mario Macilau and also by Nigerians J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibé.

What’s more, the projects by Francis Kéré, Kunlé Adeyemi, Bodys Isek Kingele, just to name a few. This exhibition is the result of a two-year partership with some 70 artists, architects and gallery owners from the main African cities. At the end of this exhibiton, all pieces will then go, from October 2015 until February 2016, to the Bilbao Gugghenheim Museum. 

 

When:  Until the 13th September 2015
Where: Vitra Design Museum, Charles Eames Strasse 2, Weil am Rhein - Germany

 

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