End Of Year 2017 Nairobi Events And Art Exhibitions  

Nairobi Events and Art Exhibitions looks at what's happening in closing this year in the Nairobi arts. Highlighted below are some of the main art exhibitions, museum and cultural events.

Urembo And Hekima Cultural Arts Exhibitions

Urembo (Beauty) and Hekima (Wisdom) exhibitions at the National Museum of Kenya explore the beauty and wisdom of Kenyan cultural practices.

Both exhibitions run from 10 November 2017 to 31 January 2018.

08.30am - 5.30pm Daily

Gallen-Kallela In Kenya

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), one of Finland’s most renowned artists, traveled to Kenya with his family in 1909. They lived on the outskirts of Nairobi, painting, travelling, and collecting both natural and ethnographic artefacts. Now, over 100 years later, his works are to be exhibited for the first time in the country they were created in.

In celebration of the 2017 centenary of Finnish independence, the Gallen-Kallela Museum together with the Embassy of Finland in Nairobi are producing the “GALLEN-KALLELA IN KENYA” exhibition on Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s trip and the art it inspired at the Nairobi National Museum. The exhibition is based on reproduced materials, paintings and photographs.

The exhibition will also be the launch event of the the Gallen-Kallelan Museum’s Taideavain (Art-key) web application. The interactive application will follow in the footsteps of the Gallen-Kallela family on a map of Kenya, and offer context on the exhibited works.

Nairobi National Museum, Cultural Dynamism Gallery
22.11 – 15.12.2017 / 08.30am - 5.30pm Daily

Join us on Saturday, 25 November for Arts and Culture at DreamKona at Uhuru Gardens.

We'll be painting a new mural, creating new art together (wood carving, printmaking, traditional weaving, and a paint party!), listening to traditional and contemporary music and having lots of creative family fun. 

  • Painting Party
  • Weaving Workshop
  • Sculpting School
  • Print Playtime
  • Open Mic Muses
  • Storytelling Sharing
  • Traditional and Contemporary Music Mania

With some of Kenya's biggest artists and traditional musicians... Mary Ogembo, Patrick Mukabi, Gerald Olewe, Aghan Odero, Daniel Muli, Eric Manya, Yassir Ali, Morris Foit, Nadia Wamunyu, Swift, Kenge Kenge, Kakamega musicians, TICAH, etc.

Blue, Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully Blue - 25th November 2017

How better for One Off to end the year than to host a mixed show of artworks by many of Kenya's finest artists, each featuring a heavy presence of Blue or Indigo? Throughout history this beautiful colour has influenced the destiny of millions: 

Once upon a time, or actually several times upon a time, indigo was the most important dye in the world.  At one point it helped prop up an Empire, and then later it helped destabilise it. (From 'Colour - travels through a paintbox' by Victoria Finlay).

The show comprises new works and some older favorites by Richard Kimathi, Anthony Okello, Justus Kyalo, Rashid Diab, James Muriuki, Dickens Otieno, Timothy Brooke, James Mbuthia and Ehoodi Kichapi.

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