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El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale

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In collaboration with Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting a large-scale exhibition of the work of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. He is arguably Africa’s most renowned contemporary artist and famous for his large sculptures of recycled screw-tops that decorate whole walls like magnificent tapestries.
In collaboration with Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Kunstmuseum Bern is mounting a large-scale exhibition of the work of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui. He is arguably Africa’s most renowned contemporary artist and famous for his large sculptures of recycled screw-tops that decorate whole walls like magnificent tapestries. These works, oscillating between textile art, sculpture and wall painting, upend traditional disciplinary categories. At the same time, the former metal sealing rings of liquor bottles reflect the (post-)colonial relationship between Europe, Africa and the New World. The exhibition focuses on the monumentality of El Anatsui's work and reveals how it developed out of his life-long passion for drawing, his wooden sculptures carved with chainsaws, and the ceramics he produced in the early years of his artistic career.
El Anatsui, In the World But Don’t Know the World, 2009, Aluminium, Kupferdraht, 560 x 1000 cm, Sigg Collection
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