National Museum of African Art

About the Museum


Interior view, National Museum of African Art

Interior, National Museum of African Art

Interior view, National Museum of African Art
Photo © Ron Blunt

Interior view, National Museum of African Art

Exterior View, National Museum of African Art
Museum purchase with funds from Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi and Adebayo Ogunlesi, and the Sakana Foundation. Object Number: 2016-11-1

Exterior View, National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art exterior with Yinka Shonibare MBE's Wind Sculpture VII, 2016 (steel armature with hand-painted fiberglass resin cast and gold leaf)
Interior view, National Museum of African Art
Photo © Ron Blunt

Interior view, National Museum of African Art

Interior view, National Museum of African Art
Photo © Ron Blunt

Interior view, National Museum of African Art

Reaching from the ancient world to the present, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art comprises over 11,000 objects that tell the story of African culture. Ranging from Nigeria to the Congo, Ethiopia to South Africa, the collection spans the whole length of the continent, presenting both art and artefacts including textiles, masks, sculpture and painting. The museum is also home to a vast photographic archive and a world-class library.

Collection Highlights


Crest mask, Bamum artist

El Anatsui

Untitled

Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian

Spring Scrolls

Nandipha Mntambo

Contact

Attributed to the workshop of the Master of Mulongo Luba artist

Headrest
National Museum of African Art: Collection Highlights
Crest mask, Bamum artist, Late 19th to mid 20th century
wood, horn, plant fibre, spider silk
Gift of Walt Disney World Co., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company Object Number: 2005-6-95

El Anatsui

Untitled, 2009
repurposed printed aluminum, copper
Gift of the artist; gift of Noah Samara and Doreen Bassin; and museum purchase Object Number: 2009-11-1

Alexander “Skunder” Boghossian

Spring Scrolls, 1983–1984
acrylic on canvas
Museum purchase, 91-18-1

Nandipha Mntambo

Contact, 2010
cowhide, cows' hooves, resin, polyester mesh
Museum purchase Object Number: 2010-18-1

Attributed to the workshop of the Master of Mulongo Luba artist

Headrest, Mid to late 19th century
wood, oil
Museum purchase Object Number: 86-12-14
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