18-08-2015

Making Africa Exhibition – A Continent of Contemporary Design - Vitra Design Museum

David Adjaye,

Weil am Rhein, Germany,

Museums, Sport & Wellness, Guggenheim di Bilbao, Cinemas,

Design,

Exhibition,

The current exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum shows how art and design has influenced economic and political change in the African continent through the contemporary works of 120 artists and designers.



 Making Africa Exhibition – A Continent of Contemporary Design - Vitra Design Museum

The exhibition Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design gives a fresh view of the contemporary design scene in Africa. Presented as a continuous report, with historical documents and photographs bearing testament to Africa's post colonial past, the works of 120 artists and designers shown in the exhibition illustrate how art and design has influenced economic and political change in the African continent. A continent abounding in serious contradictions and problems but with an expanding middle class and frenetic economic growth, where the number of mobile phones (650 million registered phones) superior to that of America and Europe has inevitably changed the lives of many Africans, influencing the work of artists and designers. The exhibition pays particular attention to the “digital generation” designers who address the global public with pieces connecting different disciplines: architecture, design, photography, art and cinema. Africa has become a hub of experimentation for XXI century design, capable of producing creations of international importance.  
Amongst the pieces on show is the animated film by Robin Rhode, architecture by Francis Kéré, David Adjaye, Kunlé Adeyemi and Bodys Isek Kingelez, sculpture by the artist Cyrus Kabiru, furniture by Cheick Diallo from Mali and photography by Mário Macilau and J.D.’Okhai Ojeikere.
The exhibition Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design was a collaborative project between Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where it will be shown from the autumn of 2015. 

(Agnese Bifulco)

Title: Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design
Edited by:  Amelie Klein and Okwui Enwezor
Date: 14 March - 13 September 2015
Place: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Images courtesy of Vitra Design Museum, photography by Marc Niedermann.

http://makingafrica.net/
http://www.design-museum.de/


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