ART DU JOUR: AFRICA’S THRIVING ART SCENE

The art scene on the continent is thriving and gaining rapid interest from collectors around the world. Traditional and contemporary art continue to thrive, as home grown talent gains heightened attention and support. While the continent boasts exceptional museums and art houses, we highlight five which help tell stories of the continent?s past and present through its collections.

  • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF BLOEMFONTEIN

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    Image credit: Trip Advisor


    Bloemfontein, South Africa

    The Museum?s history dates back to 1877, and is known for its collection of art, natural history, and cultural history. In a continuous effort to preserve memories of a rich and diverse heritage, the museum opened up a permanent exhibition in December 2013 which focuses on Batho, Bloemfontein?s oldest township. Children and adults alike may also enjoy an array of educational activities and programs for which the museum is known.?For more information, visit:?NMB

  • IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN MUSEUM

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    Image credit: Iziko Museum


    Cape town, South Africa

    South African Museum houses scientific collections that range from age old fossils to unique collections of insects and plants. Visitors may check out reconstructions of South African dinosaurs or pre-colonial archaeological collections from the 1890s. The museum?s scientists work hard to make sure their displays are accurate and up to date!?For more information, visit:?SAM

  • THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

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    Image credit: Arup


    Giza, Egypt

    Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, GEM is situated right near one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramids of Gaza. The Museum is planned to hold the timeless artifacts of the country, paying respect to the rich culture and history of ancient Egypt. Visitors are promised an educational experience that will allow them to go seven thousand years back in time.?While the museum is expected to be open to the public in 2015, it is not too early to plan a trip to this iconic site!?For more information, visit:?GEM

  • NAIROBI NATIONAL MUSEUM

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    Image credit: Zen Magazine Africa


    Nairobi, Kenya

    Formerly known as the Coryndon Museum, the Nairobi National Museum remains the flagship museum for National Museums of Kenya. Current attractions include an art gallery, temporary exhibitions, botanical gardens and nature trail as well as shopping and dining facilities.?For more information, visit:?NNN

  • THE PRETORIA ART MUSEUM

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    Image credit: IP Rescue


    Pretoria, South Africa

     

    The Pretoria Art Museum, which occupies an entire city block is largely known?for its impressive collection of South African artwork, which concentrates on both traditional and contemporary art forms and techniques. Reasonably priced guided tours allow all visitors to learn, including children. The museum is famous for its children?s gallery which offers fun and guided instruction for young learners.If you are looking for great local art, this is the place to be.?For more information, visit:?PAM