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.
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.
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
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
NOBODY CAN STOP REGGAE
Why is reggae so popular?
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
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
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.
OTHER NEW EXHIBITIONS:
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 noh, bunrakuand kabuki; regional dolls from throughout the country; and “creative dolls” produced by contemporary craftspeople.