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Why African art is the next big thing

With major museums in London and New York showcasing leading contemporary African artists this summer, and Angola's recent success at the Biennale in Venice, is the world of art finally putting Africa on its map?

Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui is among the most celebrated contemporary African artists at the moment. Among his most iconic pieces are sculptures made from thousands of bottle tops, strung together with copper wire to form enormous shimmering sheets, which undulate and fold into different shapes.

And Mr Anatsui is not only being celebrated in New York, but also across the Atlantic in the UK.

Following an invitation from the Royal Academy in London, he has created a large wall-hanging sculpture for the duration of this year's summer exhibition.

 

The installation in London coincides with several exhibitions this summer of other contemporary African artists at Tate Modern - one of the leading contemporary art museums in the world.