Musée Théodore Monod d’art africain of IFAN Ch. A. Diop
Heinz Mack – Mouvement et Lumière / Movement and Light 

March 1 to April 26, 2019

It is the first time that a solo exhibition of German sculptor and painter Heinz Mack (* 1931 in Lollar, Hesse) is presented in an African museum. 39 unique works by Mack – paintings, sculptures, reliefs, photographs and kinetics, some of which are shown for the first time – are presented alongside eight exhibits from his African collection. Regarding structure, form and material, his works establish connections with the works of African art.
Since the 1950s, Mack has been a frequent traveller of the African continent. Upon formulating his Sahara-Project in 1959, the artist has travelled to Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Mauretania and Algeria multiple times, conducting artistic experiments with light in the desert, shooting the critically acclaimed film Tele-Mack (1968) and documenting his Expedition into Artificial Gardens (1976) in the Grand Erg Oriental. In 1965, Mack created Water Walls for a hospital in Diourbel, Senegal. Besides his artistic fascination with the vast landscape of the African desert, Mack developed a profound admiration of African culture and tradition. It was by chance that the artist began his collection of African Art over six decades ago, which now is presented for the first time alongside his own work. Artistic affinities can be found in the application of wood as sculptural material, of serial structures and patterns as composition, as well as of color as a variation of the spectrum of light.

Other new Openings 

University of Lagos, Indigo Reimagined, June 13 – July 30, 2019

National Museum of African Art, Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, April 17, 2019 (new opening date!)

Haus Der Kunst, El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, March 8 – July 28, 2019

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Inheritance: Recent Video Art from Africa, February 17 – July 28, 2019

Brooklyn Museum, One: Egúngún, February 8 – August 18, 2019

The Block Museum of Art, Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Arts, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa, January 26 – July 21, 2019

IwalewahausFeedback: Art, Africa and the 1980s, October 27, 2018 – May 5, 2019

National Museum of African Art, Good As Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women, opens October 24, 2018

Mint Museum RandolphAfrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and StyleOctober 7, 2018 – April 28, 2019

Baltimore Museum of Art, Kuba: Fabric of an Empire, August 19, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Afrika Museum, Afrotopia, opens April 14, 2018


North Carolina Museum of Art, Permanent reinstallation of African art

National Museum of Benin, Nigeria, Photographer Chief S. O. Alonge

National Museum of African Art, Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts 

The Fitchburg Art Museum, Moving Objects: African and Oceanic Art from the FAM Collection

Musée du quai Branly, Africa

Newark MuseumArts of Global Africa

Museum Fünf KontinenteLebendige Traditionen, Kreative Gegenwart: Kunst aus Afrika