EXHIBITION: African Modernism

Rinaldo Olivieri La Pyramide Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire 1973 Enlarge image Rinaldo Olivieri La Pyramide Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire 1973 (© Iwan Baan)

The Architecture of Independence


Temporary exhibition at the Kandt-House Museum in Kigali until 28 February 2018  - entrance is free!


When most countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in the late 1950s and 1960s, experimental and futuristic architecture became a principal means by which the young nations expressed their national identities. At the same time, this architecture also shows the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas that the countries experienced in their independence process: in most cases, the architects were not local, but came from countries such as Poland, Yugoslavia, the Scandinavian nations, Israel, or even from the former colonial powers.


The exhibition, researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, looks at these questions as it documents more than 80 buildings in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It is accompanied by the 700-page publication African Modernism – The Architecture of Independence.

The museum is open every day from 8am –6pm. On Umuganda, which is the last Saturday of every month, the museum opens at 12:00noon. On 7 April museum is closed.


The exhibition in Kigali is generously supported by Groupe Forrest International