Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria
The first international exhibition devoted to sculpture from the Kingdom of Ife (in present-day Nigeria), begins an 18-month tour of America in Houston on September 19th. The exhibition has already graced the shores of Spain and Britain. The show features over one hundred art pieces made in stone, terracotta and metal created between the 9th and 15th centuries. The pieces are on loan from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, many of them have never left Nigeria. The exhibition also provides visitors with information on the Kingdom of Ife which has had an unbroken monarchy for over 800 years.
Here’s the exhibition’s itinerary for all the African Art aficionados:
September 19-January 9, 2011– Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
February 12 – May 2011 – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
July 8 – October 9, 2011 – Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
November 11 – April 8, 2012 – Museum of African Art, New York