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Nigerian art goes live on the web

NEW COLLECTION: Free virtual museum showcasing Nigerian art, launched

Nigeria’s prominent institution, Pan African University, has launched a free virtual museum of modern Nigerian art.

The fully interactive website has catalogued a wide range of works from artistic pioneers Aina Onabolu and Bruce Onobrakpeya to upcoming Nigerian artists Richardson Ovbiebo and Babalola Lawson.

Created by Spanish architect Jess Castellote and managed by Akinyemi Adetunji, the expose of Nigerian inventive articulation combines works from institutional, corporate and private collections. Some of the features in the exhibit have been kept by undisclosed patrons and this will be their first time on display.

The artwork is structured into three virtual floors and ten gallery rooms, each devoted to a particular school, period or expression.

The searchable database is comprised of 81 artists spanning from the turn of the 20th century to recent graduates of The Oshogbo experiment, an informal workshop for illiterate, semi literate and literate art apprentices at the Pan African University.

A continuous work in progress, the museum has over 400 pieces of artwork on display, and Castellote hopes to increase this by adding a further 100 pieces during the year, by working with artists and art collectors.

The university hopes the website will be used as an educational tool that will broadcast knowledge of Nigerian art.

To browse the on-line museum go to

EGODO EMAMIWATA: By Bruce Onobrakpeya (2008)

UNTITLED: By Aina Onabolu (1944)


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