Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1944, Anyako, Ghana. Lives and works between Ghana and Nigeria.

Education

1969
Postgraduate Diploma, Art Education, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

1965–1968
B.A. College of Art, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

Teaching

1996–2011
Professor of Sculpture, Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

1996–2011
Head of Department, Fine and Applied Arts Department, UNN

1982–1996
Senior Lecturer, Fine and Applied Arts Department, UNN

1969 – 1975
Lecturer, Art Education Department, Specialist Training College (now University of Education,) Winneba, Ghana

 

Selected Awards

2017

Praemium Imperiale Award for Sculpture, The Japan Art Association, Tokyo, Japan

Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award, XIth Florence Biennale Florence, Italy

Brandywine Workshop and Archives Lifetime Achievement Award, Philadelphia, USA

2016

Honorary Doctor of Arts, 365th Commencement Ceremony, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA), 2016 graduation ceremonies, The University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

2015
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

2014

Elected Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA

Elected Honorary Academician, British Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2nd Best Monographic Museum Show in New York category,  AICA-USA, “Gravity and Grace: Works by El Anatsui”, Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA

2013
Charles Wollaston Award, 245th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2009

30th Anniversary Award, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C. USA

Prince Claus Award, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, Lagos, Nigeria

2008

Visionaries Award, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY, USA

1999
Public’s Prize, 7th Small-Scale Sculpture Triennial, Stuttgart, Germany

1998
Bronze Prize, 9th Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan

1995
Kansai Telecasting Corporation Prize, 3rd Sculpture Triennial, Osaka, Japan

1990
Honorable Mention, 44th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

El Anatsui, Open(ing) Market (2004)
El Anatsui. Photo: El Anatuis Studio

Solo Exhibitions

2019

El Anatsui: Triumphant Scale, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany

El Anatsui: Recent Works, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, New Mexico, USA

El Anatsui: Material Wonder, October Gallery, London, United Kingdom

 

2018

El Anatsui: Proximately, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem, Belgium

Ofrendas, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, USA

El Anatsui: MEYINA, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Beginning and the End, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium

 

 

2017

El Anatsui: Proximately, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Wijnegem, Belgium

El Anatsui:  Topology Of Generosity, Bakarat Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

El Anatsui: MEYINA, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

El Anatsui: MEYINA, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

El Anatsui: Benchmarks, Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair, London / October Gallery, Bloomsbury, London (London: 2017)

 

 

2016

El Anatsui: MEYINA, Prince Claus Fund Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Star Of Africa: Monumental Works By El Anatsui, Trapholt Museum, South Jutland, Denmark

El Anatsui: New Works, October Gallery, London, UK

El Anatsui: Five Decades, Carriageworks, Sydney Festival 2016, Sydney, Australia

 

2015

El Anatsui – Selected Works, October Gallery, London, UK

El Anatsui Of Dzi, Kunstbanken Hedmark, Kunstsenter, Hamar, Norway

El Anatsui: Five Decades, The School – Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY, USA

 

2014

New World, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Mount Holyoke, MA, USA

El Anatsui: Trains Of Thought, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, USA

El Anatsui: Playing With Chance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

El Anatsui-Theory of Se, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong, China

El Anatsui, Mnuchin Gallery, NY, USA

 

2012 – 2015
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, USA

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Des Moines Art Center, IA, USA

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL, USA

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

 

2012 – 2013
Broken Bridge II, the High Line, NY, USA

 

2012
Stitch in Time, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Pot of Wisdom, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, USA

 

2011
El Anatsui, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA, USA

 

2010 – 2012
El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa, organised by the Museum for African Art, NY, USA

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, USA

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin,TX, USA

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, USA

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa Denver Art Museum, CO, USA

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote To You About Africa University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

 

2010 – 2011
A Fateful Journey, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan

A Fateful Journey, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan

A Fateful Journey, Tsuruoka Art Forum, Yamagata, Japan

A Fateful Journey, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

 

2010
Gli, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
El Anatsui, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, USA

 

2009
El Anatsui, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO, USA
Process and Project, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Chance Encounters: Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India

 

2008
Earth Growing Roots, San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA, USA
Zebra Crossing, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, USA

 

2006
Asi, David Krut Projects, NY, USA, in collaboration with October Gallery, London, UK
Nyekor, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy, in collaboration with October Gallery, London, UK

 

2005
Danudo: Recent Sculptures of El Anatsui, Skoto Gallery in collaboration with Contemporary African Art Gallery, NY, USA

 

2003–2008
El Anatsui: Gawu, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales, UK

El Anatsui: Gawu, Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland

El Anatsui: Gawu, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK

El Anatsui: Gawu, October Gallery, London, UK

El Anatsui: Gawu, Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham, UK

El Anatsui: Gawu, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA

El Anatsui: Gawu, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA

El Anatsui: Gawu, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

El Anatsui: Gawu,University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, USA

El Anatsui: Gawu, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA

 

2002
New Works, October Gallery, London, UK

 

1998
A Sculpted History of Africa, October Gallery, London, UK

 

1997
Hakpa, French Cultural Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1995
El Anatsui: Sculptures and Reliefs, October Gallery, London, UK

 

1991
Old and New: An Exhibition of Sculpture in Assorted Wood, National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1987
Venovize: Ceramic Sculpture by El Anatsui, Faculty of Art and Design Gallery, Cornwall College, Redruth, UK
Pieces of Wood: An Exhibition of Mural Sculpture, The Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1982
Sculptures, Photographs, Drawings, Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1980
Wood Carvings, Cummington Community of Arts, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA

 

1979
Broken Pots: Sculpture by El Anatsui, British Council, Enugu, Nigeria

Broken Pots: Sculpture by El Anatsui, Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

 

1976
Wooden Wall Plaques, Asele Art Gallery, Nsukka, Nigeria

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

Frieze New York, Randall’s Island Park, New York

Infinite Mutability, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong

Investec: Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

The Crime of Mr Adolf Loos, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Belgium

El Anatsui: Cire Perdue, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France

Ex Africa: Storie e Identità di un’Arte Universale, Archaeological Civic Museum, Bologna

Intimate Immensity, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

 

2018

Museum Collection III – All of the Contemporary Art Collection, Setagaya Art Museum, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

South South: Between Land and Sea, Goodman Gallery,Cape Town

Common Threads: Weaving Stories Across Time, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, USA

Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa

Summer 2018, Mnuchin Gallery, NY, USA

Domestic Alien, Gazelli Art House, Baku, Azerbaijan

Feedback: Art, Africa and the 1980s, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Gemany

Carnegie International, 57th Edition, 2018, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Transvangarde: Leading Contemporary Artists, October Gallery, London, UK

250th Summer Exhibition: Art Made Now, Royal Academy of Arts, London UK

Art Brussels, 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Dak’Art Biennale 2018, Dakar Senegal

Exhibition by the Masters, Desiderata, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos

Masterpiece London, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London

All Things Being Equal…, Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

Brussels Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium

Resignifications, ZAC – Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Sicily, Italy

Second Life, MACAAL, Marrakech, Morocco

Art Basel, Hong Kong

MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank, Australia

African Metropolis: An Imaginary City, Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Rome

 

2017

Les Eclaireur: Sculpteurs d’Afrique, Avignon, France

Domestic Alien, Gazelli Art House, London

Three Dimensions: Modern Amd Contemporary Approaches To Relief And Sculpture, Acquavella Galleries, New York

A Journey: El Anatsui, Anish Kapoor And Jannis Kounellis, Kewenig Galerie, Berlin

Afrique Capitales: Cape Of Good Hope Here We Come, Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France

La Terra Inquieta/ The Restless Earth, Palazzo de la Triennale, Milan, Italy

Summer Exhibition 2017, Burlington House, London

Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

 

 

2016

Art Basel, Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland

Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now, Marrakech, Morocco

Of a Different Nature, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, USA

Chaumont-sur-Loire Arts and Nature program, 2016, The Domaine of Chaumont-sur-Loire [The Chateau and the Centre of Arts & Nature], France

Green Pastures: In Memory of Thornton Dial, Sr., High Museum, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Woven Arc, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, (The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research), Harvard University- Cambridge, MA, USA

 

2015–[Still Touring]

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona [CCCB], Spain

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

 

 

2015-2016

Embracing Space and Colour: Wall and Ceiling Mounted Sculpture, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL, USA

Us Is Them, The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH, USA

 

2015

The Contemporary 2: Who interprets the world? 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Chaumont-sur-Loire Arts and Nature program, 2015, Farmyard Le Fenil Gallery, The Domaine of Chaumont-sur-Loire [The Chateau and the Centre of Arts & Nature], France

Africa Africans, Museu Afro Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil

El Anatsui: Five Decades, The School – Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY, USA

Piece Work, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT., USA

Atopolis, Wiels in collaboration with Mons 2015, Manège de Sury, Mons, (Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels) Belgium

Meet Me Halfway: Selections From The Anita Reiner Collection, Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY, USA

247th Summer Exhibition, 2015, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Field, Road, Cloud: Art and Africa, Anna K. Meredith Gallery, Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines, IA, USA

Embracing Space and Color: Art On & Off the Wall, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL, USA

Re:Purposed, The John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, State Art Museum of Florida, Florida State University, Sarasota, FL, USA

PROPORTIO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

The Contemporary 2: Who interprets the world? 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

 

2014

246th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

Mise En Scène, The School – Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY, USA

The Art Of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

 

2013
245th Summer Exhibition, installation of sculpture on the façade of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Chosen, 5 Beekman Street, New York, NY, USA
Brodsky Center Gala 2013: Honoring El Anatsui and Alexandre Arrechea, Cedar Lake Theatre, New York, NY, USA

ArtZuid 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Masters of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA

Art and Textiles, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

 

2012
El Gran Sur, 1st Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo, Uruguay
All Our Relations, 18th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Intense Proximity, Paris Triennial 2012, Palais de Tokyo/ Musée Galliera, Paris, France
African Cosmos: Stellar Art, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA
Dialogues, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
We Face Forward, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Summer Exhibition 2012, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (Façade of the Burlington House)

 

2011 – 2012-

 

Environment and Object: Recent African Art, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, NY, USA

Environment and Object: Recent African Art, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA

Environment and Object: Recent African Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, USA
Architectural Environments for Tomorrow: New Spatial Practices in Architecture and Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

 

2011
The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Hunters and Gatherers: The Art of Assemblage, Sotheby’s, NY, USA
The Splendour of Truth, The Beauty of Charity, The Vatican, Rome, Italy

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio TX, USA

 

2010-2011

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

 

 

2010
Who Knows Tomorrow, Alte National Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Human Rites, The Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL, USA
A Collective Diary, an African Contemporary Journey, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzilya, Israel

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania

 

 

2009-2010

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

 

 

2009
Against Exclusion, 3rd Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
Intramoenia Extra Art, Castelli di Puglia, Barletta Castle, Barletta, Italy
Chance Encounters: Seven Contemporary African Artists, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
Transvangarde: Leading Contemporary Artists, October Gallery, London, UK
Confines Extremos. Confines Urbanos, Institut Valencia D’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Off the Grid, Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, MO, USA
Homecoming, Artists Alliance Gallery, Accra, Ghana
Promoter-of- Nigerian-Art Series, Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
Embrace! Denver Art Museum, CO, USA

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain

 

2008
Masterpieces of Modern Design: Selections from the Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA

Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum for Arts and Design, NY, USA
The Poetics of Cloth: African Textiles, Grey Art Gallery, NY, USA
The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA
Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum for Arts and Design, NY, USA
World Histories, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA
Angaza Afrika: African Art Now, October Gallery, London, UK
Recycling: The Whole House, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Hamar, Norway
Juego Africano de lo Contemporáneo: Pre-figuraciones Postcoloniales, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Unión Fenosa (MACUF), A Coruña, Spain

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Hillside Terrace Galleries, Daikanyama, Tokyo, Japan

Prospect.1 New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA
Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur, Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem, The Netherlands

 

2007
Artempo – Where Art Becomes Time, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense (52nd Venice Biennale), Arsenale, Venice, Italy
Uncomfortable Truths: The Shadow of Slave Trading on Contemporary Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, USA
Un/Fair Trade: The Art of Justice, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
From Courage to Freedom, October Gallery, London, UK
Living Masters, Terra Culture, Lagos, Nigeria
The Boys Craft, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

Still Life: Art, Ecology, and the Politics of Change, 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

 

2006 – 2011

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Rubin Museum of Art, NY, USA

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Visual Arts Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

 

2006
Altered, Stitched and Gathered, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) NY, USA
DAK’ART 2006, 7th Biennale of African Art, Dakar, Senegal
-poiesis, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Europe-Afrique: Regards Croisés, Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium
Black Panther Rank and File, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, NY, USA
Expanding Africa: New Art, New Directions, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA
Body of Evidence, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL, USA

 

 

2005
In the Making: Materials and Process, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Out There, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich, UK
AKA . . . of Age 2005, Maison de France, Lagos, Nigeria
De Young Museum, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, USA

 

2004 – 2007
Afrika Remix, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany

Afrika Remix, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Afrika Remix, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Afrika Remix, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Afrika Remix, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Afrika Remix, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

2004
A Grain of Dust, A Drop of Water, 5th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea
Intelligence Now! October Gallery, London, UK

 

2003
Africa Informs, October Gallery, London, UK
Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Villa Groppallo, Vado Ligure, Italy
Transfer(t)s, Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Homage to Asele, National Museum Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Selected Works, Skoto Gallery, NY, USA

 

2002
The Independents, Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool, UK

 

2001–2002
The Happy Face of Globalization, 1st Albissola Ceramics Biennale, Albissola, Italy; Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland

 

2001
El Tiempo de Africa, Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Canary Islands; Consejería de Cultura de Comunidad, Madrid, Spain
Encounters with the Contemporary, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA
Africas: The Artist and the City, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain
News from the Front, October Gallery, London, UK
Jazz and Visual Improvisations, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, USA
Ebony Soliloquy: A Five Year Retrospective (1996–2001), Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA
Messagers de la Terre, Rur’Art– Espace d’Art Contemporain d’Lycée Agricole Xavier Bernard, Rouille, France

 

1999
New Colours From Old Worlds, October Gallery, London, UK
The Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Les Champs de la Sculpture, Champs Elysées, Paris, France
Contemporary Art from West Africa, October Gallery, London, UK

 

1998
7 Triennale der Kleineplastik, Stuttgart, Germany
9th Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
Riddle of the Spirits – Twelve African Artists, Skoto Gallery, NY, USA

 

1997
The Poetics of Line: Seven Artists of the Nsukka Group, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., USA
Free Form and Precision, Contemporary African Art Gallery, NY, USA

 

1996
Container ’96: Art Across Oceans, Langelinie, Copenhagen, Denmark
Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Images of Africa, Torpedohallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Africana, Sala 1, Rome, Italy
Transforms, October Gallery, London, UK
Group Exhibition, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria
El Anatsui & Tesfaye Tessema, Contemporary African Gallery, NY, USA
El Anatsui & Sol Le Witt, Skoto Gallery, NY, USA

 

1995 – 1996
An Inside Story – African Art of our Time, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

An Inside Story – African Art of our Time, Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima, Japan

An Inside Story – African Art of our Time, Himeji City Museum of Arts, Himeji, Japan

An Inside Story – African Art of our Time,  Koriyama City Museum of Art, Koriyama, Japan

An Inside Story – African Art of our Time, Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA), Marugame, Japan

An Inside Story – African Art of our Time, Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan

 

1995
AKA ’95, Bona Gallery, Enugu, Nigeria

AKA ’95,  Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Contemporary African Art, World Intellectual Property Organisation Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
6th Osaka Sculpture Triennale, Osaka, Japan
Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Seven Stories about Modern Art in Africa, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Configura 2, Dialog der Kulturen, Erfurt, Germany
The Right to Hope, Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa -touring to Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Gaza, Isreal; Jerusalem, Isreal; Tel Aviv, Isreal
Africus, 1st Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Uli Art– Master Works, Skoto Gallery, NY, USA

1994
Arte/ Sociedad/ Reflexion, 5th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
AKA ’94, Bona Gallery, Enugu, Nigeria

AKA ’94, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1993
New Currents ’93 – Avant-Garde Nigerian Art, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
Six African Artists, October Gallery, London, UK
AKA ’93, Bona Gallery, Enugu, Nigeria

AKA ’93, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1992
Arte Amazonas, Modern Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; travelled as: Klima Global to Staatliche Kunalle, Berlin, Germany; and to Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
AKA ’92, Bona Gallery, Enugu

AKA ’92, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria
AKA ’92, Begegnung mit den Anderen, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany

 

1991
El Desafi de Colonization, 4th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
South of the World, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, Marsala, Italy
AKA ’91, Bona Gallery, Enugu; Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
Works by a Group of African Artists, The World Bank Art Society Gallery, World Bank Headquarters, Washington D.C., USA
The Sculptor’s Guild of Nigeria Inaugural Exhibition, Murtala Mohammed Park, Enugu, Nigeria

 

1990
Five Contemporary African Artists (44th Venice Biennale), Venice, Italy

The Calabash 1st Art Exhibition, The Calabash, Lagos, Nigeria
AKA ’90, The Presidential Hotel, Enugu, Nigeria

AKA ’90,  Goethe-Insitut, Lagos, Nigeria
Achebe Celebration Exhibition, Continuing Education Centre, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA

Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, African-American Museum in Philadelphia [formerly Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum], Philadelphia, PA, USA

Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, Chicago Public Library Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL, USA

Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C., USA

Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition, The Museum of the National Center of African-American Artists (NCAAA), Boston, MA, USA

 

1989
Zeitgenössische Nigerianische Kunst, Bonn, Bocholt and Mönchengladbach, Germany

1988
Walls and Gates – El Anatsui & Liz Willis, Avant-Garde Gallery, Kaduna, Nigeria
Thoughts and Processes – El Anatsui & Ndubisi Onah, The Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
AKA ’88, Nigerian Union of Journalists’ Press Centre, Enugu, Nigeria

AKA ’88, Contemporary Art Gallery, Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

AKA ’88, National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1987
AKA ’87, The Presidential Hotel, Enugu, Nigeria

AKA ’87, National Gallery of Crafts and Design, Lagos, Nigeria

Original Prints from the 3rd Nsukka Workshop, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1986
AKA ’86 – Inaugural Exhibition of the AKA Circle of Artists, the French Centre, Enugu and Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigerian-German Prints, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Franco-German Auditorium, Lagos, Nigeria

 

1983
Four Contemporary African Artists, Mintec Gallery, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

 

1982
Okike 10th Anniversary Exhibition, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

 

1981
Drawing on the World, Billingham Art Gallery, Billingham, UK

Drawing on the World, Middlesborough Art Gallery, Middlesborough, UK

Drawing on the World, The House of Commons Gallery, London, UK

 

1979
Christian Arts in Nigeria, Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall, Onitsha, Nigeria
The Nsukka School, Art Gallery of the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

 

1975
Fabric Wall Hangings, Burnt Wooden Wall Plaques, The Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

1974
Tekarts Expo 5, National Arts Centre, Accra; Specialist Training College, Winneba, Ghana

 

1969 – 1970
Ghana National Collection, National Arts Centre, Accra, Ghana

Ghana National Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., USA