October 8, 2019

Anatsui’s ‘Triumphant Scale’ Crosses the Sea to Arabia

Triumphant Scale, the largest exhibition ever mounted for El Anatsui’s art, is on view at Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha until 31 January 2020.

It opened Tuesday evening of October 1, 2019, after a successful run at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany from March 8 to July 28, 2019.

Curated by the late Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, the show will spend four months at  Mathaf Arab, before moving on to another large, international art space.

Triumphant Scale incorporates every medium the artist has worked in over the course of his fifty-year career, including wood and ceramic sculptures, wall reliefs, and drawings.

Triumphant Scale demonstrates Anatsui’s invention of a completely new and unique sculptural form and visual language drawn from his context of production, the curators say.

Anatsui is a 75 year old Nigerian sculptor born in Anyako, in the Volta Region of Ghana, who came to world prominence for his iconic “bottle-top installations”, distinctive large-scale assemblages of thousands of pieces of aluminium sourced from alcohol recycling stations and sewn together with copper wire, transformed into metallic cloth-like wall sculptures in a way that can “draw connections between consumption, waste, and the environment”, according to Wikipedia.




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