Galerie Peter Herrmann in Lomé, Togo#Lenuagequiparlait commence par un atelier de création participatif, et prend finalement son envol, amassant les rêves d’hommes. Il imprime en lui le passage et la rencontre, le lieu et la confidence. Dans l’action et la symbolique, le formel conduit à repenser la place du rêve ici et maintenant, dans sa répétition et sa traversée en différents points géographiques. #YoYoGonthier est un compositeur, de lignes, de sens, de sons, la matérialité de son travail en résulte. #Performance "A l'ombre du nuage" demain à 20h au #CCFN à #Niamey #NigerA photo posted by Galerie Cecile Fakhoury (@galeriececilefakhoury) on
Omenka Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria
At the forefront of the contemporary art scene in Lagos is Omenka Gallery, a premier institution when it comes to presenting the freshest artistic talent that Nigeria has to offer. From its exhibitions to its international art-fairs, the variety and quality of modern art in Omenka is nothing short of impressive. One of the gallery’s strongest features is its ability to take aspects of Nigerian history and culture – be it the hairstyles or the traditional dress – and put a modern twist on them, creating exciting and fascinating exhibitions. This, contrasted with striking images of an older, less developed Africa, make for great viewing.
Omenka Gallery, 24 Ikoyi (Modupe Alakija) Crescent, Lagos, Nigeria +234 1 818 45 53331
CCA in Lagos, Nigeria
The Center for Contemporary Arts in Lagos is a modern, not-for-profit space allowing artists to share their work and promote discussion about contemporary visual art and culture. The Center is awash with exciting events and puts a great deal of focus on audio-visual art which, in their words, has been ‘under-represented’ in Nigeria. The expansive visual art library is a great resource for locals, while the installations keep the interest of visitors from both near and far. If you are at a loose end in Lagos, the chances are that something will be happening in the CCA.
CCA, 9 McEwan Street, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria +234 07028 367 106
Eureka Galerie in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Eureka Galerie is home to one of the Ivory Coast’s most diverse contemporary art collections, featuring a number of artists – both local and international – whose styles are both unique and varied. Artistic residents include the likes of Gabriel Eklou from Ghana, whose minimalist, long-limbed figures depict ambition and the struggle for progression in West Africa. Eureka Galerie also features representation of home-grown talent, such as Salif Diabagaté, for whom art remains a labor of love despite having most of his works destroyed during the violence of the Ivorian Crisis in 2011. The gallery has produced a number of successful exhibitions in recent years, featuring cutting-edge artists from both near and far, including celebrated French artist Jean Claude Heinen.
Eureka Galerie, Rue Marconi, Zone 4C, Abidjan, Ivory Coast +225 21 35 08 08
Fondation Zinsou in Ouidah, Benin
Benin is not famed for its contemporary art. Fondation Zinsou,however, is doing its best to change that. With the aim of reducing poverty at its core, the Foundation hopes to use art as a conduit for development, while at the same time raising the profile of contemporary art in Benin. At a local level, the Foundation runs a series of educational programmes, allowing school children access to art by means of activities such as the Culture Bus (Bus Culturel), while fresh, modern installations by national and international artists continue to attract Ouidah’s art aficionados. From the outlandish sculptures of Romuald Hazoumé to street-art inspired works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, you are bound to find something that appeals to the artist within.
Fondation Zinsou, 01 BP, Cotonou, Bénin, +229 21 30 99 25
Galerie Le Manège in Dakar, Senegal
Galerie Le Manège opened in 2009 in conjunction with the capital’s Institut Français. The gallery’s mission is to represent Senegal as a country in flux, as shown through the changing face of the contemporary art scene. The space itself aims to impress, with its high-ceilings and wooden beams, while the outdoor exhibition area – nestled amongst the Colonial-era buildings – provides a fascinating juxtaposition between the old and the new. The exhibitions hosted by the Galerie – and by the Institut Français in general – are a tribute to everything related to Senegalese culture and aim to help visitors gain insight into what it means to be Senegalese in this ever-changing region of the world.
Galerie Le Manège, 3 rue Parchappe, BP, Dakar, Senegal +221 33 821 08 22
Galerie Nationale d’Art du Sénégal in Dakar, Senegal
Senegal has historically been a front-runner when it comes to promotion and appreciation of modern art in West Africa. Its biannual Dak’Art festival has been hugely successful in garnering local and international attention and has led to the development of a thriving art scene in the country’s capital. The Galerie Nationale d’Art is home to what is probably the country’s most eclectic collection of modern art and regularly puts on exhibitions that will impress tourists and passersby. Its interaction with Senegalese art collectives and independent organizations means that it is a regular host venue for artistic events and festivals.
Nubuke Foundation in Accra, Ghana
If you are looking to get better acquainted with Ghanaian culture, look no further than the Nubuke Foundation. Nestled in central Accra, the Foundation is a melting pot of modernity, tradition, culture and style. Nubuke displays an impressive collection of art from such names as Serge Clottey, Oko Martey and Mary Evans, and regularly hosts meet-and-greets with the artists themselves. Their workshops offer locals and tourists the opportunity to actively participate in the Ghanaian art scene and the recent opening of their gallery – Nu Gallery – has been a welcome addition, exhibiting a vast array of paintings, sculptures and mixed media from a series of celebrated artists.
Nubuke, 7 Adamafio Close, East Legon, Accra, Ghana + 233 28 910 21 63
Thought Pyramid in Abuja, Nigeria
Thought Pyramid is more than just an art gallery, it’s a centre for art education. Featuring both local Nigerian artists and those from the Diaspora, the gallery displays some of the country’s cutting-edge artists and fuses together a combination of paintings, sculptures and everything in between. Their mission statement is to ‘collect, conserve, study, and sell’ contemporary art, and their exhibitions and events attract tourists and locals alike. Thought Pyramid lives up to its mission to educate through its Art Club and ‘Learning Through Art’ programmes, providing lessons for school children in order to promote the value and appreciation of contemporary art in Nigeria.
Thought Pyramid, 62 Parakous Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria +234 803 332 2885
By Stephanie Abrahams