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El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale

1 October 2019 – 31 January 2020

El Anatsui, born in 1944 in Anyako, Ghana and based in Nsukka, Nigeria since 1975, is Africa’s most prominent living artist. This exhibition encompasses every media used by El Anatsui in his remarkable 50 year career.

Triumphant Scale testifies to El Anatsui’s invention of a completely new and unique sculptural form and visual language, with material for artmaking revealed to him by his context of production. The laborious manual work of flattening, cutting, twisting, and crushing bottle caps and using copper wires to stitch the elements into one dazzling tapestry serves as a metaphor for the epic constitution of human society. It presents ideas that inform his practice across the diverse media that he has worked with, from circular and multi-panel wood reliefs to terracotta forms, and the later metal sculptures.

El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, curated by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okele-Agulu. The exhibition has been organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with Qatar Museums - Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Doha, Kunstmuseum Bern and Guggenheim Bilbao.

 

MATHAF: ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Founded in 2010, is situated in Education City in Qatar Foundation (QF), in a renovated former school building. QF is led by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
El Anatsui, “Tiled Flower Garden” (detail), 2012, Aluminum, copper wire. © El Anatsui. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Installation view, 2019, Haus der Kunst, Munich. Photo: Maximilian Geuter.
El Anatsui,“Logoligi Logarithm” (detail), 2019, Aluminum, copper wire. © El Anatsui. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Installation view, 2019, Haus der Kunst, Munich. Photo: Maximilian Geuter.
El Anatsui, “Erosion” (detail), 1992, Wood. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, museum purchase, 96-36-1. Installation view, 2019, Haus der Kunst, Munich. Photo: Maximilian Geuter.
El Anatsui, “The Beginning and the End” (detail), 2015, Aluminum, copper wire. The artist, Courtesy of Axel Vervoordt Gallery. Installation view, 2019, Haus der Kunst, Munich. Photo: Maximilian Geuter.

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