African Amicitiae

African Amicitiae , Amsterdam, Netherlands
13 Nov 2017 - 03 Feb 2018

Photo: James Iroha Uchechukwu

Photo: James Iroha Uchechukwu

African Amicitiae looks back on 25 years of residencies for artists from Africa and the diaspora at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam. The Group Exhibition will show a selection of artworks from the collection of the foundation, which includes nearly 200 works donated by the artists. Some gave a sketch, others enormous sculptures. On show are around 30 art works from 13 November 2017 till 3 February 2018.

African Amicitiae is part of the exhibition series ‘My Collection’, which Harald Schole organises in Arti since 2014. He aims to make public the often quirky and particular collections of artists and art-loving members of Arti. Art collectors are people with a passion and art works are collected in various ways: with the sharp eye of the collector, purchased, exchanged or received as a gift. Pauline Burmann, chair of the Thami Mnyele Foundation, is an art-loving member, a good reason to show this special collection in Arti.


Participating artists

Nisren Abasher Ahmed (SD), Dineo Seshee Bopape (ZA), Clifford Charles (ZA), Victor Ekpuk (ZA), Hassan & Husain Essop (ZA), Hadia Gana (LY), Assefa Gebrekidan (ET), Ruan Hoffmann (ZA), Samson Kambalu (MW), Admire Kamudzengerere (ZW), Sandra Kriel (ZA), Atta Kwami & Pamela Clarkson (GH/GB), Moshekwa Langa (ZA), Zanele Muholi (ZA), Mongezi Ncaphayi (ZA), Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi (ZA), Odili Donald Odita (NG), Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul (SD), Rehab El Sadek (EG), Simangaliso Sibiya (ZA), Nkosana Dominic Tshabangu (ZA), Michael Tsegaye (ET), James-Iroha Uchechukwu (NG), Dominique Zinkpè (BJ).


Lectures (Entrance free, Dutch spoken)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 17:00h: ‘Never left the « Wunderkammer », Contemporary art from Africa’ by Pauline Burmann, art historian, specialized in Contemporary Art from African Perspectives.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 17:00h: ‘Taboo-breaking contemporary African artists’ by Rosalie van Deursen, art historian specialised in Contemporary Art from African Perspectives


Round table discussion (English spoken)

Friday, 19 January 2018 at 17:00h: Meeting with Artists (in residence at Thami Mnyele Foundation) participating in the exhibition ‘Tell Freedom, 15 South-African Artists’ in Museum KAdE Amersfoort.



African Amicitiae
Sociëteit Arti et Amicitiae
Rokin 112, Amsterdam|