Beginning in the early 2000’s, over the course of about twenty years, Robert Devereux built up one of the world’s greatest collections of contemporary African art. Comprising of some 600 multi-media works, Devereux dubbed it the Sina Jina Colection, a name taken from the Swahili phrase for “a place with no name”. During Frieze week in October, 2022, around 70 pieces from the collection were put on sale at Christie’s, the largest single-owner collection dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora to be offered at auction. It featured works by leading contemporary artists, including El Anatsui, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge, Marcia Kure, Elias Sime, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and part of the proceeds from the sale were to be used to support arts and environmental charities.
Robert Devereux's great Collection of contemporary art from Africa
Oga, 2003, Photo courtesy, Christie's London