August 24, 2013

African Masterpieces Coming Soon!

Copyright: © National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. Photo courtesy Museum for African Art/Fundación Botín. (Photo: Karin L. Willis)
I'm excited! Sad to see summer ending... but there is a great, unique exhibition coming to Stockholm this autumn & winter. "African Masterpieces" (Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria) will be exhibited in the Skeppsholmen Caverns starting on September 7th and ending of February 23rd, 2014. It is an exhibition that looks at the Ife civilization of Nigeria (circa 1100-1500 A.D.) through their art. Over 100 sculptures in stone, metal and terracotta will be on display giving visitors a look at their religion, life and rituals.
Line to an earlier exhibition at the Caverns
Photo: Karl Zetterström, Världskulturmuseerna
This is the third exhibition to be held in the Skeppholmen Caverns... following the popular Terrocotta Army and Inca Gold exhibitions. The Caverns are located on the island of Skeppsholmen, "under" the Museum of Far East Asian Antiquities (Östasiatiskamuseet) and have proven to be a great place to exhibit cultural treasures of the world. The caves and tunnels were used by the Swedish military as bunkers during World War II and later as part of the naval headquarters. The exhibition will be open daily between 10am and 8pm and admission is 150 SEK for adults and free for children under 19. Tickets can be prepurchased on their website (through Ticnet). This might be good idea if you are planning on going on a weekend or evening (peak times), though I think you should be safe daytime on a weekend. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly if you need help or further information.

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