The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents a new exhibition titled “On Display in the Walled City: Nigeria at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924–1925.” The exhibit just opened and will run through March 2020.
The exhibition features 38 objects from the museumr’s Wellcome Collection, which were part of the Nigerian Pavilion during the British Empire Exhibition in Wembley in 1924 and 1925. Approximately 20 Nigerian men and women participated as artists in the exhibition, which showcased British wealth and supremacy and was also intended to stimulate trade with and among its various colonies.
The artists’ families lived in the walled city, where the Nigerian Pavilion was located, and demonstrated their crafts daily to visitors. The Fowler’s presentation includes a model of the royal altar for Oba Ovonramwen from the Kingdom of Benin, various ritual and domestic objects made by Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, and Kanuri artists and entry doors, carved on site, from the homes where artists lived.
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