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Museum of African Design Opens

The Museum of African Design opened 24 October in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct, creating a pan-African cultural hub, changing the perception of museums, and connecting the city’s major existing art archives.

Initially pitched with the core objective of advancing problem solving ideas for Africa and beyond, MOAD will also focus on becoming a platform to present pan-African design. A cultural hub, the museum will also provide a space to promote forward-thinking design ideas and will aim to change perceptions about museums.

The inaugural exhibition, “Native Nostalgia”, guided by Jacob Dlamini’s 2009 book of the same title, considers what it means for African artists to reflect on Apartheid and colonialism in fond ways. The exhibition features artists from Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa and Benin, and is curated by the museum’s director, Aaron Kohn. The following exhibitions “Fashioning Africa” & “Design of an African City: Kinshasa”, will continue by exploring further facets of design. Admission to the exhibitions is free.

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