Contemporary African Art is booming and 2015 was a year to remember. From the successful second edition of 1:54 Art fair in London to the “Kongo, Power and Majesty” exhibition in New York, it was clear that Contemporary African Art had burst onto the International scene and was gaining an overdue recognition.
One of the most successful African Art exhibitions last year was “Beauté Congo 1926 – 1915” at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. Its success was a testament to the global interest for this artistic style at the time when Auction houses had recorded the highest level of activity to date, for African Art.
New York, London, Paris, Addis Ababa. Who is the intruder? None. Major exhibitions and events showcasing African Art and Contemporary African Design are scheduled in these cities and elsewhere around the world.
Exhibitions such as “Kongo”, are unearthing unseen art works forgotten in museums or hidden in private collections. In doing so, they are providing the public with new understanding of a rich and troubled past. Meanwhile, the continent is resolutely turned toward the future, a recurring theme of several exhibitions. The artistic future is in the hands of some younger artists whose works are acclaimed at the “Beaute Congo” exhibition in Paris. This buoyant creative life is one of the key drivers of growth, as we will soon find out at the first Addis Ababa Design Week planned in December.