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MAN’S CLOTH, 2001. Aluminium and copper, 297 x 374 cm.
Collection of the British Museum.

The Japan Art Association has announced the five recipients of the 2017 Praemium Imperiale Awards and has honoured El Anatsui with the Praemium Imperiale Award for Sculpture.

Since 1989, the Praemium Imperiale Awards have been given annually in the categories of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music and Theatre/Film to cover fields of achievement not represented by the Nobel Prizes. The Laureates are chosen from lists submitted annually by six International Advisors to the Japan Art Association.

The awards will be presented by HIH Prince Hitachi, Honorary Patron of the Japan Art Association and younger brother of the current Emperor of Japan, in a ceremony in Tokyo this October. Each Laureate receives an honorarium of 15 million Yen (c. £100,000).

In addition to the Praemium Imperiale Awards, there is also a companion Grant for Young Artists.

October Gallery, London, has worked with El Anatsui since 1993, during which time his art has received worldwide recognition. His magnificent sculptures have been collected by major international museums. Elisabeth Lalouschek, Artistic Director of October Gallery comments,

‘I am delighted that El Anatsui has been given this most significant award in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the world of contemporary art.’

El Anatsui‘s complex works of art defy the traditional categories. He is well known for malleable sculptures created from discarded metal elements, like cassava graters or liquor bottle tops. His transformation of these found materials into large-scale works enhances their significance and endows them with a shimmering sense of opulence. El Anatsui has said, ‘The amazing thing about working with these metallic “fabrics” is that the poverty of the materials used in no way precludes the telling of rich and wonderful stories.’

Born in Ghana, El Anatsui moved to Nigeria in 1975, where he is based today. His work has been collected by major international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou and the Smithsonian Institution, among many others. In 2015, he was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. Anatsui’s work was first displayed in Japan in the exhibition An Inside Story: African Art of our Time, in 1995. That same year he received the Kansai Telecasting Corporation Prize at the Osaka Triennale. His work was the subject of a large-scale retrospective that toured Japan,  A Fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui, 2010-11. A major work, Perspectives, was included in the exhibition The Contemporary 2: Who Interprets the World? at the21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, in 2015. El Anatsui is the first Ghanaian recipient of the Praemium Imperiale. Past Sculpture Laureates include: Arnaldo Pomodoro, Anthony Caro, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Tony Cragg, Richard Long, Rebecca Horn, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Annette Messager.

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Avocado Coconut Egg (ACE)

Focus

Dzi II

Rehearsal


Breaking News

Hidden Numbers

Dzi I

Blood of Sweat


Iris

Strained Roots
skylines by El Anatsui
Timespace

Skylines


AG+BA

TSIATSIA - searching for connection

Kindred Viewpoints
 

Untitled (White Eclipse)

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Akua's Surviving Children

Man Resplendent Pissing Around the World by El Anatsui
Man Resplendent Pissing Around the World
Monument by El Anatsui
Monument
Wonder Masquerade II El Anatsui
Wonder Masquerade II


King Xortame

Leopard's Paw-prints and other Stories

Split Personality

Tapper

Mammoth Crowd Series by El Anatsui
Mammoth Crowd Series I
Inside Stories II
Inside Stories II
Popular Windows El Anatsui
Popular Windows III
Ikoro by El Anatsui
Ikoro

Popular Windows El Anatsui
Untitled 1
Sleeping Cloth by El Anatsui
Sleeping Cloth I
Neospeak Windows by El Anatsui
Neospeak Windows
People's Windows by El Anatsui
People's Windows

Untitled 2 by El Anatsui
Untitled 2
Day and Night Opening to Each Other by El Anatsui
Day and Night Opening to Each Other
   

Prizes/Awards
2017    Praemium Imperiale Award for Sculpture, Japan.
2015    Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia – All the World’s Futures, Venice, Italy
2013    Charles Wollaston Award, 245th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
2000    Member, International Selection Committee, Dakar Biennale.
2000    Founding Member & Fellow, Forum for African ArtsCollections (Public)
1999   Publics' Prize, 7th Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stuttgart
1998   Bronze Prize, 9th Osaka Triennale Sculpture.
1995   Kansai Telecasting Corporation Prize, Osaka Triennale (Sculpture), Japan.
1991   Founding Member, Pan-African Circle of Artist (PACA).
1990   Honourable Mention (joint), 44th Venice Biennale, Italy.
Education
1969   Postgraduate Diploma, Art Education, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana  
1965-69   B.A. College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana
Teaching
1996-11   Professor of Sculpture, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria (UNN)
1998-00   Head of Department, Fine and Applied Arts Department, UNN
1982-96   Senior Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, UNN
1975-82   Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, UNN
1969-75   Lecturer, Art Education Department, Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba) Winneba, Ghana
Solo Shows
2017   Benchmarks: New Prints by El Anatsui, October Gallery, London, UK
2016   El Anatsui: New Works, October Gallery, London, UK
El Anatsui: Five Decades, Carriageworks, Sydney Festival 2016, Sydney, Australia
2015   El Anatsui, October Gallery, London, UK
El Anatsui: Five Decades, Jack Shainman Gallery - The School, Kinderhook, New York, USA
El Anatsui of Dzi, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Hamar, Norway
2014   El Anatsui – Theory of Se, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
El Anatsui: Playing with Chance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
El Anatsui: New Worlds, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA
El Anatsui: Trains of Thought, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
El Anatsui, Mnuchin Gallery, New York, USA
2012 - 2015   Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Des Moines Art Center, Iowa; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, USA
2012-13   Broken Bridge II, the High Line, New York, USA
2012   Pot of Wisdom, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
Stitch in Time, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2011   El Anatsui, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
2010-12   El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa, organised by the Museum for African Art, New York, USA;  Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
2010-11   A Fateful Journey, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka; The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama; Tsuruoka Art Forum, Tsuruoka Art; The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
2010   Gli, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
El Anatsui, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
2009   El Anatsui, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri, USA 
Process and Project, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2008   Earth Growing Roots, San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA 
Zebra Crossing, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA
2006   Asi, David Krut Projects, New York, USA, in collaboration with October Gallery, London, UK
Nyekor, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy, in collaboration with October Gallery, London, UK
2005   Danudo: Recent Sculptures of El Anatsui, Skoto Gallery in collaboration with Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York, USA
2003-08   El Anatsui: Gawu, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK; Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland; Gallery Oldham, Oldham; October Gallery, London; Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham, UK; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson; The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
2002   New Works, October Gallery, London, UK
1998   A Sculpted History of Africa, October Gallery, London, UK
1997   Hakpa, French Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
1995   El Anatsui: Sculptures and Reliefs, October Gallery, London, UK
1991   Old and New: An Exhibition of Sculpture in Assorted Wood, National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
1987   Venovize: Ceramic Sculpture by El Anatsui, Faculty of Art and Design Gallery, Cornwall College, Redruth, UK
Pieces of Wood: An Exhibition of Mural Sculpture, The Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria
1982   Sculptures, Photographs, Drawings, Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
1980   Wood Carvings, Cummington Community of Arts, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA
1979   Broken Pots: Sculpture by El Anatsui, British Council, Enugu, Nigeria; Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
1976   Wooden Wall Plaques, Asele Art Gallery, Nsukka, Nigeria
Group Shows
2016   Marrakech Biennale 6; Not New Now, Marrakech, Morocco
2015   Africa Africans, Museu Afro Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil
Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa, Anna K. Meredith Gallery, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Embracing Space and Color: Art On & Off the Wall, Vero Beach Museum of Art, USA
Meet Me Halfway: Selections from the Anita Reiner Collection, Cristin Tierney Gallery, Florida, USA
Re:Purposed, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, Florida, USA
Piece Work, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Summer Exhibition 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Atopolis, Wiels in collaboration with Mons 2015, Manège de Sury, Mons, Belgium
PROPORTIO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
2014   Mise En Scène, The School, Kinderhook, NY, USA
The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
2013   245th Summer Exhibition, installation of sculpture on the façade of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK  
ArtZuid 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
2012   El Gran Sur, 1st Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo, Uruguay
All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Intense Proximity,Paris Triennial 2012, Palais de Tokyo/ Musée Galliera, Paris, France
African Cosmos: Stellar Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
Dialogues, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
We Face Forward, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
2011-12   Environment and Object: Recent African Art, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, New York; Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont, USA
Architectural Environments for Tomorrow: New Spatial Practices in Architecture and Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
2011   The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
ARS 11, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Hunters and Gatherers: The Art of Assemblage, Sotheby’s, New York, USA
The Splendour of Truth, The Beauty of Charity, The Vatican, Rome, Italy
2010   Who Knows Tomorrow, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Human Rites, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
A Collective Diary, an African Contemporary Journey, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzilya, Israel
2009   Against Exclusion, 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
Intramoenia Extra Art, Castelli di Puglia, Barletta Castle, Barletta, Italy
Chance Encounters: Seven Contemporary African Artists, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
Transvangarde: Leading Contemporary Artists, October Gallery, London, UK
Confines Extremos. Confines Urbanos, Institut Valencia D’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Off the Grid, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Homecoming, Artists Alliance Gallery, Accra, Ghana
Promoter-of- Nigerian-Art Series, Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
Embrace! Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA
2008   Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum for Arts and Design, New York, USA
The Poetics of Cloth: African Textiles, Grey Art Gallery, New York, USA
The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum for Arts and Design, New York, USA
World Histories, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Angaza Afrika: African Art Now, October Gallery, London, UK
Recycling: The Whole House, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Hamar, Norway
Juego Africano de lo Contemporáneo: Pre-figuraciones Postcoloniales, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Unión Fenosa (MACUF), A Coruña, Spain
Prospect.1 New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur, Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, The Netherlands
2007   Artempo – Where Art Becomes Time, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense, Arsenale, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Uncomfortable Truths: The Shadow of Slave Trading on Contemporary Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Un/Fair Trade: The Art of Justice, Neue Galerie, Graz; Landesmuseum Joanneum, Styria, Austria
From Courage to Freedom, October Gallery, London, UK
Living Masters, Terra Culture, Lagos, Nigeria
The Boys Craft, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
Still Life: Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change, 8th Sharjah Biennial, UAE
2006-11   The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, California; Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois; Rubin Museum of Art, New York; Visual Arts Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA; Hillside Terrace Galleries, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan; Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain; The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA; Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania; Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, USA 
2006   Altered, Stitched and Gathered, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
DAK’ART 2006, 7th Biennale of African Art, Dakar, Senegal
-poiesis, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA 
Europe-Afrique: Regards Croisés, Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium
Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
Primitivsm Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Expanding Africa: New Art, New Directions, Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Body of Evidence, National Museum of African Art, Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
2005   In the Making: Materials and Process, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Out There, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich, UK
AKA . . . of Age 2005, Maison de France, Lagos, Nigeria
De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
2004-7   Afrika Remix, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2004   A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water, 5th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Intelligence Now! October Gallery, London, UK
2003   Africa Informs, October Gallery, London, UK
Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Villa Groppallo, Vado Ligure, Italy
Transfer(t)s, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Homage to Asele, National Museum Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Selected Works, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
2002   The Independent, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK
2001-02   The Happy Face of Globalization, 1st Albissola Ceramics Biennale, Albissola, Italy; Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
2001   El Tiempo de Africa, Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Consejería de Cultura de Comunidad, Madrid, Spain 
Encounters with the Contemporary, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
Africas: The Artist and the City, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain
News from the Front, October Gallery, London, UK
Jazz and Visual Improvisations, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, USA
Ebony Soliloquy: A Five Year Retrospective (1996–2001), Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, USA
Messagers de la Terre, Rur’Art– Espace d’Art Contemporain d’Lycée Agricole Xavier Bernard, Rouille, France
1999   New Colours From Old Worlds, October Gallery, London, UK
The Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs Elysées, Paris, France
Contemporary Art from West Africa, October Gallery, London, UK
1998   7 Triennale der Kleineplastik, Stuttgart, Germany
9th Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
Riddle of the Spirits - Twelve African Artists, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
1997   The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
Free Form and Precision, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York, USA
    Container ’96: Art Across Oceans, Langelinie, Copenhagen, Denmark
Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Images of Africa, Torpedohallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Africana, Sala 1, Rome, Italy
Transforms, October Gallery, London, UK
Group Exhibition, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria
El Anatsui & Tesfaye Tessema, Contemporary African Gallery, New York, USA
El Anatsui & Sol Le Witt, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
1995-96   An Inside Story - African Art of our Time, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima; Himeji City Museum of Arts, Himeji; Koriyama City Museum of Art, Koriyama; Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), Marugame; Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
1995   AKA ’95, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Contemporary African Art, World Intellectual Property Organisation Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
6th Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Configura 2, Erfurt, Germany
The Right to Hope, Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; touring to Cairo; Amman; Gaza; Jerusalem; Tel Aviv
Africus, 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Uli Art– Master Works, Skoto Gallery, NY, USA
1994   Arte/ Sociedad/ Reflexion, 5th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
AKA ’94, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
1993   New Currents ’93 - Avant-Garde Nigerian Art, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Six African Artists, October Gallery, London, UK
AKA ’93, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
1992   Arte Amazonas, Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; traveled as: Klima Global to Staatliche Kunalle, Berlin; Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
AKA ’92, Bona Gallery, Enugu and Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Begegnung mit den Anderen, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
1991   El Desafi de Colonization, 4th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
South of the World, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Marsala, Italy
AKA ’91, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
Works by a Group of African Artists, The World Bank Art Society Gallery, World Bank Headquarters, Washington D.C., USA
The Sculptor’s Guild of Nigeria Inaugural Exhibition, Murtala Mohammed Park, Enugu, Nigeria
1990   Five Contemporary African Artists, 44th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Calabash 1st Art Exhibition, The Calabash, Lagos, Nigeria
AKA ’90, The Presidential Hotel, Enugu; Goethe-Insitut, Lagos, Nigeria
Achebe Celebration Exhibition, Continuing Education Centre, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia; Chicago Public Library Cultural Centre, Chicago; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.; Museum of the National Center of African-American Artists, Boston, USA
1989   Zeitgenössische Nigerianische Kunst, Bonn, Bocholt and Mönchengladbach, Germany
1988   Walls and Gates - El Anatsui & Liz Willis, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria
Thoughts and Processes - El Anatsui & Ndubisi Onah, The Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
AKA ’88, Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, Enugu; Contemporary Art Gallery, Institute of African Studies, Nsukka; National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria
1987   AKA ’87, The Presidential Hotel, Enugu; National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria
Original Prints from the 3rd Nsukka Workshop, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
1986   AKA ’86 -  Inaugural Exhibition of the AKA Circle of Artists, the French Centre, Enugu and Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigerian-German Prints, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria
1983   Four Contemporary African Artists, Mintec Gallery, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
1982   Okike 10th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
1981   Drawing on the World, Billingham Art Gallery, Billingham; Middlesborough Art Gallery, Middlesborough and the House of Commons Gallery, London, UK
1979   Christian Arts in Nigeria, Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, Onitsha, Nigeria
The Nsukka School, Art Gallery of the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
1975   Fabric Wall Hangings, Burnt Wooden Wall Plaques, The Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
1974   Tekarts Expo 5, National Arts Centre, Accra; Specialist Training College, Winneba, Ghana
1969-70   Ghana National Collection, National Arts Centre, Accra, Ghana; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
Public Collections

African Studies Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio, USA
Asele Institute, Nimo, Nigeria
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington, USA
The Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA
The British Museum, London, UK
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, USA
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C., USA
Centre Georges Pomipdou, Paris, France
Clarks International Art Collection, Somerset, UK
ConocoPhillips, Houston, Texas, USA
De Young Museum, San Francisco, USA
Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA
Diamond Bank of Nigeria, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Embassy of Ghana, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
French Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Hammermill Collection, Hellebaek, Helsingør, Denmark
Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
International Peoples’ College, Helsingør, Denmark
Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
Jordan National Gallery of Arts, Amman, Jordan
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA
Missoni, Milan, Italy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The National Gallery of Art, Lagos, Nigeria
The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
The Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA
Novartis Campus, Basel, Switzerland
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton NJ, USA
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada
Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Tate Modern, London, UK
UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland
The World Bank Art Collection, Washington D.C., USA
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanagawa, Japan

   
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