Tate has announced new acquisitions of modern and contemporary African art and a related programme in Africa as part of its partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank plc (GTBank).
Tate will launch a two-year project entitled Across the board at Tate Modern on 24 November 2012 which will consist of a series of events featuring emerging African artists and exploring recent practices in the continent.
Highlights of the launch include a day of performances by Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga (born 1974, Nigeria) and Angola artist Nástio Mosquito (born1981, Angola) in the Tanks, the new spaces dedicated to performance, live and film works at Tate Modern.
The project will contribute to local expertise and networks when it takes place in three cities in Africa in 2013 and 2014: Accra in Ghana, Douala in Cameroon and Lagos in Nigeria.
In summer 2013 Tate Modern will dedicate a wing of its galleries to two of the most important African artists working today.
The UK’s first major exhibition of painter Ibrahim El-Salahi (born1930, Sudan), Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist will bring together approximately 100 works from across more than five decades of El-Salahi’s international career, this retrospective will highlight one of the most significant figures in African and Arab Modernism and reveal his place in a broader art historical context.
A seminal work in the recent history of African art, Museum of Contemporary African Art 1997–2002 by Meschac Gaba (born1961, Benin) has been acquired by Tate and will be displayed in its entirety for the first time in the UK next year. Consisting of 12 sections, including a Games Room, Marriage Room, Music Room and Salon, this work challenges preconceived notions of African art while highlighting the fact that a museum of contemporary African art does not yet exist in Africa. This work has been part gifted by the artist and part purchased by Tate through the Acquisitions Fund for African Art supported by Guaranty Trust Bank plc.
A major video installation by William Kentridge (born1955, South Africa), I am not me, the horse is not mine 2008 will be displayed in the Tanks from 11 November 2012 to 20 January 2013
The Guaranty Trust Bank partnership with Tate supports a dedicated curatorial post focusing on African art held by Elvira Dyangani Ose, an acquisition fund to help Tate enhance its holdings of work by African artists and a project programme from 2012–14.