Tate Announces New Acquisitions Of Contemporary African Art and a Global Network

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Contemporary African Art
“The Tate has announced its new acquisitions of modern and contemporary African art and a related programme in Africa. They will now launch a two-year project entitled Across the Board at Tate Modern on 24 November 2012,” reports Artlyst from London. “This project will consist of a series of events featuring emerging African artists and exploring recent practices in the continent. The launch will include a day of performances by artists Otobong Nkanga (b.1974, Nigeria) and Nástio Mosquito (b.1981, Angola) in The Tanks, the new spaces dedicated to performance, live and film works at Tate Modern. The project will contribute to local expertise and networks when it takes place in three cities inAfrica in 2013 and 2014: Accra in Ghana, Douala in Cameroon and Lagos in Nigeria.”

Chris Dercon, Director, Tate Modern said: “Tate is committed to building a truly international collection, showing African artists as part of a global history of modern and contemporary art. The acquisition of Gaba’s extraordinary Museum of Contemporary African Art has transformed our holdings from the continent and our project working collaboratively with emerging artists in Africa will support our collecting process in coming years.”

In summer 2013 Tate Modern will dedicate a wing of its galleries to two of the most important African artists working today. A seminal work in the recent history of African art, Museum ofContemporary African Art 1997–2002 by Meschac Gaba (b.1961, Benin) has been acquired by Tate and will be displayed in its entirety for the first time in the UK next year.

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