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The African Collection: Our People, Our Places, Our Stories
Online and on view through May 15, 2022
Bermuda National Gallery
Hamilton, Bermuda

In celebration of our 30th anniversary year, we are revisiting one of the Bermuda National Gallery’s inaugural collections in “The African Collection: Our People, Our Places, Our Stories.”

This exhibition includes “Celebration: The African Collection,” curated Dr. Mary Nooter Roberts (1959-2018), with artworks produced in the 1940s and 1950s. The artworks are contemporary iterations of an ancient lineage of performance and belief systems. As Dr. Roberts, who is regarded as one of the foremost scholars of African art, once said of her chosen specialty: “They are objects of aesthetic brilliance and achievement made by artists, but they were made for other purposes: for education, or healing, or governance, or spiritual mediation. (…) They are more than art.”

View the exhibition online:…/our-people-our-places-our-stories/

[Image: Catherine De Clippel, Sanctuary of Kono and its Cult Leader, M’Pessoba, Mali, 1993. Courtesy of the artist. Statue in the foreground: Standing Figure, Luba peoples, Zaire. Wood and beads]