Kimbell Art Museum, The Language of Beauty in African Art


April 03, 2022 to July 31, 2022


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3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.,
Fort Worth, TX, 76107

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The Language of Beauty in African Art presents nearly 250 remarkable works from collections around the world—compelling art that scholars, connoisseurs and collectors outside Africa have admired for more than a century. The exhibition features an incredible variety of objects, including a range of impressive and powerful sculptures, captivating costumes and masks made for ceremonial use, and extraordinary decorative arts.

Visitors can experience works in a new way as the exhibition explores how this art was evaluated and appreciated by the local artists and audiences who created and experienced it, through the very words that they themselves used to describe their creations—their language of beauty.

This exhibition is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Constantine Petridis, chair and curator of Arts of Africa, Art Institute of Chicago. The coordinating curator for this exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum is Jennifer Casler Price, curator of Asian, African and Ancient American art.

On Sunday, April 24, join the Family Festival—Amazing Art from Across Africa for activities, entertainment and free admission to the special exhibition.

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Pictured: Female Portrait Face Mask (Ndoma), Baule culture, Côte d’Ivoire, wood, pigment, and copper alloy. The Art Institute of Chicago, Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment, 1988.309