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Michael Armitage Paradise Edict

  • Ausstellung
    13.03.2021 - 06.06.2021
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An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.

Michael Armitage is a Kenyan-born artist who works between Nairobi and London. His colourful, dreamlike paintings are loaded with provocative perspectives that play with visual narratives and challenge cultural assumptions, exploring politics, history, civil unrest and sexuality.

Made using lubugo bark cloth, a culturally important material made of tree bark by the Baganda people in Uganda, many of his large-scale works draw on contemporary events, combining these with Western painting motifs.

This spring – just over 10 years since Armitage graduated from the Royal Academy Schools – we bring together 15 of his large-scale paintings from the past six years, exploring East African landscapes, politics and society.

Alongside will be a selection of work by East African contemporary artists Meek Gichugu, Jak Katarikawe, Theresa Musoke, Asaph Ng’ethe Macua, Elimo Njau and Sane Wadu. Chosen by Armitage for their important role in shaping figurative painting in Kenya, these seminal artists have also had a profound impact on his own artistic development.

A version of this part of the exhibition will be shown at the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute, a non-profit visual arts space founded by Armitage.

Exhibition organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London.






  • 13.03.2021 - 06.06.2021
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  • Michael Armitage, The Paradise Edict, 2019. Oil on lubugo bark cloth. 220 x 420 cm. The Joyner / Giuffrida Collection © Michael Armitage © White Cube (Theo Christelis).
    Michael Armitage, The Paradise Edict, 2019. Oil on lubugo bark cloth. 220 x 420 cm. The Joyner / Giuffrida Collection © Michael Armitage © White Cube (Theo Christelis).
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