Capsule:The collection of Mrs.Florence Benson

Nubuke Foundation Gallery, Accra, Ghana
16 Oct 2021 - 12 Mar 2022

Onobrakpeya 3.Courtesy of Nubuke Foundation

Onobrakpeya 3.Courtesy of Nubuke Foundation

Nubuke Foundation presents the collection of Mrs. Florence Benson. Tracing overlapping influences of history and culture in everyday life, the collection features a myriad of cultural artifacts such as bronze works hailing from the Ife and Benin Kingdoms of present-day Nigeria, contemporary paintings by Nigerian and Ghanaian artists and indigenous sculpture and wood carvings from across West Africa.

Offering a visual reserve on traditional and contemporary African art throughout the ages, Capsule, presents a multitude of shared experiences across our collective histories. Each piece boasts of authenticity in its accurate depictions of various segments of African history and society.

Benson’s collection presents potential collectors and patrons with the unique opportunity to preserve and promote a version of living history, picking up the mantle to promote African narratives on culture and identity.The Capsule collection consists of works from internationally recognized figures such as artist Ablade Glover, one of Ghana’s frontier artists and educators, Bruce Onobrakeya, Ini Brown and Abiodun Olaku among others.

Mrs. Florence Benson is a pioneering gallerist and collector who worked across UK, Ghana and Nigeria over 3 decades. Spanning the entire sub-region, her collection, “Capsule”, is an amalgamation of her lived experiences with the rich culture and history of the unique pieces. Benson, though retired from the gallery business continues to collect contemporary art from both old and young artists across the globe playing her part in preserving culture and tradition.In 2012, part of her collection was displayed in an exhibition, ‘Slice of History’ at Nubuke Foundation.

Discover the rest of Florence Benson’s collection in our online viewing room.




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