Art Deco and Africa
Available: from March 2020
Size: ca. 700 square metres (flexible)
Art Deco and Africa will be the first major exhibition to explore the influence of African Art not only on avant-garde artists, but also on the wider fields of architecture, design and fashion during the 1920s and 30s.
Drawing on the rich collection of African Art at the Sainsbury Centre, the exhibition will present a wide range of African works, from sculptures and ceremonial objects to textiles and jewellery, which entered European collections during a period of increasing colonisation and trade expansion.
The exhibition will bring together a range of African objects with European and American works in a variety of media to explore the inter-relationships between different artistic practices.
The exhibition is curated by Ghislaine Wood, Acting Director, who previously organised a major show at the V&A on art deco. It will include over 100 works by some of the best-known art deco designers and leading avant-garde artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Aaron Douglas, Jacques- Émile Ruhlmann, René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Eileen Gray and Pierre Legrain.