‘AFRIKA 010’ at the Wereldmuseum
Discover more than two centuries of African history right here in Rotterdam
From Friday 29 April 2016 through 8 January 2017, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam presents ‘AFRIKA 010'. This exhibition contains the most remarkable pieces from the special Africa collection of the Wereldmuseum. This collection, which has not been on show at the museum for many years and was nearly sold, will return to exhibition together with several pieces on loan from other museums in Rotterdam. ‘AFRIKA 010’ will present the remarkable and dynamic versatility of the African continent in terms of change and renewal. Emphasis is also given to the connections and cultural interaction between Africa and Rotterdam.
Rotterdam in Africa
The Africa collection of the Wereldmuseum is connected to the city of Rotterdam in many different ways. The oldest items from Africa arrived directly in the museum after its founding in 1883 through the trade network of ship owners and traders from Rotterdam. The exhibition highlights the Rotterdam-Africa connection through nineteenth-century objects, striking power figures from the Bas-Congo region, photographs, maps, and paintings. This collection clearly emphasizes the clash of cultures that marks this time period.
Africa for Rotterdam
‘AFRIKA 010’ also exhibits these top pieces as the source of inspiration for art, design, architecture, fashion, jewellery, and music. These items present a parade of impressions and an enrapturing visual experience. The Wereldmuseum is also presenting top pieces such as statues and masks, largely hailing from a donation made to the museum by husband and wife Piet and Ida Sanders. More recent additions to the collection can also be seen here.
Africa in Rotterdam
‘AFRIKA 010’ reaches beyond the walls of the museum. The Wereldmuseum is working in close cooperation with different Rotterdam-based organizations and institutions to highlight the diversity of cultures in Africa. We are giving the residents of Rotterdam a varied cultural presentation that is focused on the connection between this city located on the Meuse river and the African continent. A remarkable installation created by contemporary Beninese artist, Meschac Gaba who lives in Rotterdam, combines an African character with a Rotterdam feel and presents the grand finale of the exhibition.
‘AFRIKA 010’ has been made possible by project contributions from the Mondriaan Fund, the Hendrik Muller Fonds, the VSBfonds, the Erasmusstichting, the Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Maatschappij tot Nut van 't Algemeen departement Rotterdam, Stichting Vrienden van het Wereldmuseum and Gemeente Rotterdam.
AFRIKA 010 is made possible through a generous contribution from the Mondriaan Fund, the Hendrik Muller Fonds and the VSBfonds, the Erasmusstichting, the Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, Maatschappij tot Nut van 't Algemeen departement Rotterdam, Stichting Vrienden van het Wereldmuseum and Gemeente Rotterdam.