The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) will begin gradual opening to the public, with an Open House to a select audience on October 19, 2019.
That event is a preface to a full opening to the public, with two exhibitions.
The Open House “is to show the museum to a few select friends and stakeholders”, says Jess Castellote, director of the museum.
“It will be an informal event starting with a guided tour of the museum at 11:00am, followed by a few words by the Vice-Chancellor, Prince Shyllon and myself, and closing with a cocktail”.
The museum, located inside the Pan Atlantic University-itself situated on the lagoon side of the south Atlantic Ocean in the eastern fringe of Lagos- is designed in the shape of a rusted Shipping container tilted to an angle, looking as if it’s about to keel over.
Although Castellote did not take phone calls from us to find out what happens after the Open House, BookArtVille learns that the week after the event, the museum opens to the wider public with two simultaneous, long-term, thematic exhibitions curated by Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, who is currently the Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos). Mr. Onwuegbucha studied Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria.
Each of the two viewings will occupy a whole floor of the museum.
On the lower floor, Materiality in Nigerian Art will explore the materiality and physical qualities of different art media and the way Nigerian artists have used them from pre-colonial times until now—wood, metals, clay, fibre, textiles, stone, paper, discarded and repurposed materials, and so on. “The exhibition will show how Nigerian artists have explored different materials available within their environment, mirroring the various social and cultural conditions of their times”, Castellotte had told Omenka Online.
At the upper level of the museum, the exhibition Art and Society will interrogate the ways in which artists engage with social ideals and historical realities.
“Before colonisation, art played an important role in Nigerian traditional societies”, who is originally from Spain, a colonising power, states. “Whether through traditional media or moving images, abstraction or figuration, militancy or detached observation, the artworks in this exhibition will highlight aspects of the social reality in which they were made and try to generate a reaction and convey a more or less explicit message to their publics.
Each of these exhibitions will be on display at the museum from October 2019 till September 2021”.