African Art: Building the Collection

In celebration of its newly expanded Fred and Rita Richman Gallery for African Art, the High will showcase nearly 40 recent acquisitions of art from Africa to enter the permanent collection.

African Art: Building the Collection
marks a significant expansion of the African Art galleries, a more than 60 percent increase in the dedicated space for art from the continent. The expansion is the result of a generous pledge from Fred and Rita Richman, longtime patrons of African art at the High and for whom the gallery was named in 2005.

Featuring works from ancient to contemporary times and from disparate regions throughout the continent, all of which were acquired over the last nine years, the exhibition provides important insights into African cultural heritage from the past to the present day. Presented together, this extraordinary group of objects represents a diverse range of artistic expressions from African nations including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa and South Sudan.

The High's presentation juxtaposes works by unidentified artists from the distant past alongside well-known works of art by famous 20th-century artists such as Osei Bonsu, the Asante carver commissioned by African kings and American presidents. Ancient works include a large stone tool from what is now Niger; and centuries-old royal arts from West African kingdoms, including an ivory rattle from Owo, a city famous for its ivory carvers.

Exhibitions and events

Howard Finster: Paradise Garden

Permanent exhibition

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The Golden Rule: Works from Lenore and Burton Gold in the High Museum of Art

Permanent exhibition

The Lenore and Burton Gold Collection of Twentieth-Century Art represents the Golds' collecting activities over a period of thirty years. Together, Lenore (1930–1996) and Burton (born 1929) assembled...

Molly Hatch: Physic Garden

Permanent exhibition

The High Museum of Art has commissioned contemporary ceramicist Molly Hatch to present Physic Garden , a two-story tall, hand-painted "plate painting" that is now installed in the Museum's Margaretta...

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