Long live the President!
April 2nd until August 29th 2010 in the Park Hall
Portrait cloths from Africa
The exhibition Long Live the President! - Portrait cloths from Africa showcases the colourful, contemporary African textile tradition.
Important people and significant events are honoured with a special cloth in virtually every African country. Key figures in the continent’s modern history are featured in the exhibition on more than 115 commemorative cloths.
The cloths include portraits of individuals who have played an important role in the relatively short history of over 30 African countries, from Senegal to South Africa. Many prominent Africans have been immortalised on textile, including Nkrumah, Mobutu and Mandela, along with beloved visitors such as Pope John Paul II and Barack Obama.
The cloths are presented alongside photographs, film clips, music and information about the people and events depicted. The cloths are from the Tropenmuseum’s collection and several private collections.