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SAITAMA

“A Fateful Journey: Africa in The Works of El Anatsui”

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

by Kiwako Tabata

Ghanian sculptor El Anatsui is one of today’s leading modern artists. He studied at the College of Art and Social Science at the University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, Ghana, and went on to teach at the University of Nigeria for many years. He is now known worldwide and has exhibited his works at major institutions, including the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Anatsui’s sculptures and installations are inspired by African culture and involve unique shapes and bright colors, usually created in wood and clay, and decorated with other materials. Many of his works express his emotional attachment to his homeland and Africa’s long, often tragic, history; till Aug. 28.

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, (048) 824-0111, 9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku; 3-min walk from Kita-Urawa Station, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line. 10 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.momas.jp