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Christies Partners with Nigeria's Museum of West African Art

Christie's is collaborating with Nigeria's Museum of West African Art (MOWAA) to raise funds for the museum and a new creative district in Benin city, among other initiatives.

Artists including Yinka Shonibare CBE, Kehinde Wiley, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones have donated artworks to be auctioned off at Christie's 20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale (13 October, 2023) and the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale (14 October, 2023) during London's Frieze week.

MOWAA Architectural Design

Anthea Peers, President EMEA, Christie’s comments: “The London art community is coming together this October to celebrate 20 years of Frieze Art Fair and the city’s unique and pivotal position within the global art ecosystem. Christie’s collaboration with MOWAA for our London sales epitomises the vibrancy of the capital, highlighting the international vision of artists whose works have been so generously donated to support this seminal institution in West Africa. We are delighted to showcase these works within our Frieze Week programming.”

From left to right: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Kehinde Wiley, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA

The Nigerian Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia, 2024 will be curated by Aindrea Emelife. Eight artists have been selected to be featured in the group exhibition: Tunji Adeniyi-Jones; Ndidi Dike; Onyeka Igwe; Toyin Ojih Odutola; Abraham Oghobase; Precious Okoyomon; Yinka Shonibare CBE RA; and Fatimah Tuggar. Emelife has asked them to respond to the theme and title Nigeria Imaginary. Once the presentation at the Biennale has concluded in November of next year, the exhibition will travel to international institutions, after which it will inaugurate the Rainforest Gallery at MOWAA as it opens to the public in 2025.