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Image: Wolfgang Gönze, © Weltkulturen Museum

Review on "El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics" at Weltkutluren Museum, Frankfurt

2015

– Review / frieze d/e

Published in frieze d/e, 05/2015

In the 1970s, long before the ‘global turn’ in contemporary art – the end of a Western-only art historical canon – Frankfurt’s Museum of Ethnology began collecting contemporary African art. In 2010 the new director of this institution, now the Museum of World Cultures, Clémentine Deliss announced that the ethnographic collection would be shown in dialogue with contemporary art as a way of exploring the legitimacy of an ethnological museum. Since then she has invited a number of artists including Antje Majewski, Otobong Nkanga and Luke Willis Thomson to work with the ethnographic collection as ‘field researchers’. But this exhibition curated by Deliss, Yvette Mutumba, Philippe Pirotte and the artist El Hadji Sy under the title El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics was the first to focus attention on the museum’s own art collection...

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