Africa Now
On display from 30 November 2019

The Africa Museum inspires

Revamped permanent display in the Africa Museum

Awe-inspiring, contemporary, trendy, cool, revolutionary, arty, powerful. Africa is all of these and more!

Dynamic and diverse, ancient kingdoms and hypermodern cities. With no fewer than 54 different countries, 2000 official languages and innumerable customs, there is no such thing as one Africa. The world’s second-largest continent is brimming with diversity and flourishing fashion scenes. What’s more, it’s closer than you think. For centuries the continents of Europe and Africa have been inextricably bound up with another and that’s left its mark on our day-to-day lives.

The Africa Museum shows you this and more in its revamped fixed display that showcases the Africa of today while looking back on its past and forward to its future. Immerse yourself in the diversity, dynamism and complexity of this continent: from independence movements, migration and trade with the Netherlands to world views, popular culture, art and design.

The redesigned display picks out different themes. A mural by Brian Elstak depicts the continent’s key political figures and developments from the 1950s and 1960s, while elsewhere interactive elements prompt you to reflect on the nature of borders. Photographs by Malick Sadibé show the optimism Mali’s independence fostered among the country’s youth while there’s also a short film by Bob Njenga that mixes science fiction with fantasy, mystery and humour.

On show from November 2019 in the Africa Museum near Nijmegen