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Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2001

Nelson-Atkins reopens African galleries

May 6, 2001

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— The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has overhauled its African art galleries for the first time since the gallery opened in the 1970s.

The revamped space showcases more than 65 masterpiece-quality works from the museum's permanent collection.

Objects on view date to as early as 200 B.C., but most works were created in the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights include a Luba ax, burnished earthenware from the Chokwe peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a Kifwebe mask and a "swollen" vessel resembling a pregnant woman by Kenya-born contemporary artist Magdalene Odundo.

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