Wednesday, 18 February 2015

forum on culture at National Museum of Kenya

1:47 AM (15 hours ago)



You are invited to the Humboldt Forum on Sunday, 22 February 2015, at the Nairobi National Museum's Louis Leaky Auditorium, from 4:45 to 7:00pm.

The Humboldt Forum will be dedicated to the dialogue of the world's cultures. The discussion is organised within the framework of an official visit of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Frank Walter Steinmeier, who will participate, as well as Professor Dr Hermann Parzinger, the President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, and Professor Dr Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the President of the Goethe-Institut.  A wider delegation with representatives of the German business and cultural spheres will also be present.

Read more on the Humbolt Forum

Special invitation to view the following current art exhibitions prior to the forum:
 Free entry between 
2.00pm and 4.00pm:

You are welcome!

Peterson Kamwathi | Beatrice Wanjiku| Justus Kyalo

This exhibition featuring three internationally acclaimed Kenyan artists tends to focus on a minimalist approach right from the roomy negative wall spaces to the simple yet interrogative nature of the individual works. Each is remarkable for its inquisitorial slant on humanity and sensation.

The artists using their different approaches connect with us in various ways. Beatrice Wanjiku explores the intrinsic nature of human beings to transform; the shifting nature of our consciousness. Working in several series or clusters Peterson Kamwathi’s work addresses the different issues; social, political and environmental that affects our existence whoever we are, wherever we are.  Justus Kyalo on the other hand experiments with colour as a substance, a material, and a tool to provoke our emotions.

Transcending throughout the exhibition is a captivating mix of technique and material from mixed media application to manipulation of canvas and sculpture in metal. The visuals are assertive with textured application, abstract forms, stencilled forms, and then realistic albeit miniature forms. The juxtaposition of colour from dark shades to bright hues reflects the threads of our being and feeling...


Oliver Okoth Martin


Why is reggae so popular?
Reggae has its roots in  ancient African musical  forms and since its appearance in Jamaica in  the  late 1960s singers have  constantly paid tribute to  Africa.

African reggae has a history  of carrying strong messages  on social, cultural, spiritual  and political issues in  society. But does it have  any effect?

This exhibition of paintings  'Nobody can Stop Reggae'  by Oliver Okoth Martin is inspired by reggae music  and while paying hommage  to the Reggae month of  February creates discourse and attempts to addresses critical questions on the meaning and impact of reggae on our own society.

The exhibition has introduced an audio visual module and one can listen to the lyrics and reggae tunes of the same titles as the works on show.



The Dolls of Japan; shapes of prayers, empowerment of love

This exhibition introduces Japan’s representative dolls, including Hina ningyo (Girls’ Festival dolls) and Gogatsu ningyo (Boys’ Day dolls), which have their origins in ancient customs; dolls connected to traditional performing arts like nohbunrakuand kabuki; regional dolls from throughout the country; and “creative dolls” produced by contemporary craftspeople.

Temporary Exhibition Gallery


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