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Exhibition: Paintings by Moses Mungai, Until Aug. 6-31 2015 @ Creativity Gallery – National Museum

Painting by Moses Muigai | via NMK

Painting by Moses Muigai | via NMK

Dates: Until August 31, 2015
Venue: Creativity Gallery – National Museum
Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Moses Muigai graduated from Creative Art Centre in 2002. Moses comes from a family of artists. His father was a blacksmith and his siblings are artists too. Using impasto, cubism techniques and palette knife, Moses creates a sense of harmony across his colourful figures.
In 2014,the Kenya Wildlife Service invited Moses to open The Heritage Art Gallery at the Mt. longonot National Park in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

The gallery showcases a diversity of Kenya’s art.

August 8, 2015 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

NMK National Heritage Art Competition for youth 18 – 25 years old: Room for Giants – Art for Change, by Nov. 7 2014

Ibuka: Room for Giants | Photo via NMK

Ibuka: Room for Giants | Photo via NMK

Are you 18 – 25 years old?
Are you creative and innovative?
And are you ready to share your talent for a worthy cause?

Then Wild Life Africa (WLA) and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) are collaborating with Ibuka and Maller Market ltd to give you an opportunity to help promote the role of art in enhancing wildlife conservation awareness.

And how do we propose that you do this? By participating in the NMKNational Heritage Art Competition for youth 18 – 25 years old whose 2014 theme is “Room for Giants: Art for Change” and donating your winning piece to raise funds for the conservation of wildlife.

Participation is encouraged from artists living in all regions in Kenya. The artwork must address conservation of wildlife. All submitted artworks will go through a panel of judges and only forty (40) artworks will be selected for the national competition and exhibition. The Gala will be held at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in December 2014. The artworks will then move to Nairobi National Museum for a two months exhibition.

The grand prize is a fully sponsored world class experience of Kenya’s rich natural heritage in a top wildlife destination where the winner will spend quality time with an internationally renowned artist in a 2 weeks personalized art apprenticeship program; a unique combination of fun, heritage and art!

If you are interested in participating in this competition please read the concept and details below:

THE CONCEPT: “Room for Giants: Art for Change”
Room for Giants: Room for giants refers to the opportunity the project is providing for the conservation of Kenya’s magnificent wildlife. It also refers to the opportunity this project is providing today’s young artists as they forge their way to becoming tomorrow’s Masters.

Art for change: How can an artist use his creativity to create change in our society? Art for change is based on the principle of providing artists an opportunity to give back to the community. The project aims to use art to create positive change in the way we address conservation matters.

• The artist is free to capture any aspect of conservation of wildlife in his or her best way using visual arts.
• Open to Kenyan youth between 18 – 25yrs old
• Size of work should range between 50cm x 50m and 100cm x 100cm
• Artist is free to use any material of choice that is durable and easy to transport
• Paintings on canvas should be stretched or framed, paintings on paper should be framed
• You should submit your art to Nairobi National Museums or any of these museums: Karen Blixen Museum, Fort Jesus Museum, Kisumu Museum, Kitale Museum, Wajir Museum, Nyeri Museum and Kenyatta House Maralal.
• Deadline for submissions 7th November 2014. Submissions made after this date will be disqualified.
• Artworks that do not adhere to the theme and concept will be disqualified.
• Selected artworks will not be returned to the artists and will be sold during the gala night to raise funds for the conservation of wildlife.
• The following details should be submitted with the artwork (stick the information at the back of the artwork):
o Full name of the artist, telephone contact, postal address and email
o A brief write up about you.
o Title of the art work, and a description of maximum 100 words.
o Medium used (state whether you have used oil paint, water colour, stone, wood etc)
o Indicate that the artwork is for Room for Giants: Art for Change competition and Exhibition 2014

All participants will receive certificates of participation.

1st Prize: a fully sponsored world class experience of Kenya’s rich natural heritage in a top wildlife destination where the winner will spend quality time with an internationally renowned artist in a 2 weeks personalized art apprenticeship program.

2nd Prize: A tour to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve on the Kenyan Coast, the largest stretch of coastal dry forest remaining in Eastern Africa and the second in Africa in birdlife conservation. This package includes visits to artists’ studios, galleries and museums in the coast region.

3rd Prize: A voucher of Kes 50,000 to purchase art materials
All the 40 young artists who will be selected for the national competition will also participate in an artist’s residency that will be facilitated by a team of East Africa’s top professional artists. The residency will happen at the end of the project and is aimed at providing the artists with a great opportunity for exposure and learning.

For more information contact any of the following:
• Ibuka on Tel 0714 169696 or 0775 241578. (browse
• The Art curator NMK on

You can also talk to the curator of an NMK museum close to you for assistance.

October 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm 1 comment

Screening: CrossCulture’s Art Series Concludes with MUNCH – 150, Jun. 21& 22 2014 @ Brookhouse School & National Museum Respectively

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Event Date: Saturday 21st June 2014 and Sunday 22nd June 2014
Time: Doors and Box Office Open: 2:00 PM
Screening Starts: 3:00pm
Location: 21st – Brookhouse School, Magadi Road, Karen

22nd – Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya, Museum Hill

Brought to you by CrossCulture XC presents MUNCH 150 Hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime show” Global interest was huge – not least as a result of one of his four The Scream paintings having recently set a public art auction record of $120 million. Many know Edvard Munch as the man who painted The Scream, but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.

Munch 150 was co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. With 220 paintings on show, it brought together the greatest number of Munch’s key works in one place.

Once again XC bring to you, here in Nairobi, behind-the-scenes footage to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together — as well as providing an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through to the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. Special guests will also offer their expert insight and knowledge to host Tim Marlow. Munch 150: A superb show and a fantastic event film.
The 90-minute film provides a Full High Definition walkthrough of the exhibit, in depth commentary about featured pieces and a “behind the scenes” look at the process of putting the exhibition together.

The screening with be followed by a conversation with local Kenyan artist Shabu Mwangi whose work is evocative of Munch’s subject matter and style.

Tickets: Ksh 2,500

More info: Tel: +254 708 757 606

June 19, 2014 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

International Day for Monuments and Sites: Free Entry to All Museum by Kenyan Citizens, Apr. 18 2014

April 18, 2014 which coincides with Good Friday is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, a UNESCO World Heritage Day marked annually around the world. This day, held each year around the world is usually marked by having different types of activities, including but not limited to visits to monuments and heritage attractions sites.

The aim of this day is to promote awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage of humanity, their vulnerability and the efforts required for their protection and conservation.

The National Museum of Kenya will be marking this day by offering FREE admission to ALL museums for Kenyan Citizens.

Find more information on their Facebook Event page

April 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm 2 comments

International Women’s Day: Dedication Painting to Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment, Mar. 8 2014 @ National Museum

Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers Mbatia

Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers Mbatia

The National Museum of Kenya invites you to view a dedication painting during the Celebration Of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014.

The masterpiece titled Wangari Maathai, A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers stands tall at 6ft x 8ft.

In honouring Maathai’s activities & achievements the masterpiece becomes a great source of inspiration for change and reflection on the economic, political and social achievements of women.

You are encouraged to find some time during the women’s week starting Saturday March 8th to visit and spend time with the painting. It is displayed at the Nairobi National Museum‘s lobby on ground floor.

The painting will be on display at the museum for a minimum period of one year.

Time: The National Museum is open daily from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

A Collaboration of National Museums of Kenya and VS Arts

March 6, 2014 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Seminar: Digital Kitambo—Taking the Past into the Future, Jan. 30 2014 @ the National Museum

The BIEA in Collaboration with The National Museums Of Kenya Joint Seminar: Digital Kitambo—Taking the Past into the Future at the National Museum with Dr. David K. Wright and Kristina Dziedzic Wright.

Chair: Dr. Edward Pollard, British Institute in Eastern Africa

Date: Thursday, 30 January 2014
Time: 02.00 pm
Venue: The National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi

Lake Turkana has long been recognized as a critical incubator of human cultural evolution. Although much attention has justifiably been placed on researching the nature of our early hominin ancestors, the region also hosts a rich record of fishing and early cattle herding cultures as well. Due to the long and storied traditions of archaeological research near Lake Turkana, a rich collection has been accumulated in the Nairobi National Museum. However, legacy archives need to be digitally curated and integrated into computer databases as the pace of archaeological research in Kenya accelerates. The “Digital Kitambo” project has begun developing an integrated archaeological database using early food producers of northern Kenya to develop the template for future digitization efforts within the museum. The project involves conversion of analogue collections into a relational database, photographing archaeological artifacts and creating 3-dimensional scans of selected artifacts. The Nairobi National Museum hosts one of the deepest records of the human past in the world, but will lead the way into the future in access and usability of collections databases.

Dr. David K. Wright
David K. Wright is Assistant Professor of African Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University in South Korea. Dr. Wright is a geoarchaeologist with specialties in human-environment interactions, sedimentology, evolutionary archaeology and prehistoric African cultures. He has conducted research in eastern Africa and the American Midwest, Plains, and Southwest. He is co-PI on the Malawi Early and Middle Stone Age Project (MEMSAP) studying the behavioral transitions in hominids and early modern humans in northern Malawi. Dr. Wright also conducts research near Lake Turkana, Kenya and in the Mandera Mountains, Cameroon on human adaptations to Holocene environmental change and is the lead PI on a project in the middle Gila River Valley, Arizona called “The Archaeology of Dust.”

Kristina Dziedzic Wright
Kristina Dziedzic Wright teaches art history and writing at Seoul National University in South Korea, and works as a freelance curator. She is the author of Art, Culture, and Tourism on an Indian Ocean Island: An Ethnographic Study of Jua Kali Artists in Lamu, Kenya (2009) and recently co-curated the exhibit Sanaa ya Makaratasi (African Paper Art): Process, Substance and Environment at the Nairobi National Museum. Her academic research ranges from informal sector art and cultural commoditization in Africa to media art and the international biennale phenomenon. Over the last ten years, she has participated in a number of archival and digitization projects for the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission in Illinois, USA

For more information please contact or call +254 20 815 5186

January 24, 2014 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: Love & Harmony of Kenya by S. Korean Artist Nam Eunju, Sept. 28 – Oct. 24 2013 @ Ecology Gallery – National Museum

Love and Harmony of Kenya
Opening: September 28, 2013 at 2 pm
Venue: National Museum

Exhibition: Runs Until October 24, 2013
Venue: Ecology Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

Ms. Nam graduated from Young Nam University in South Korea with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in 1980 and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in 1986. For eight years she lectured as a Professor of Fine Arts (oil painting and creative art) at Dong-Ah University in South Korea.

In 2001, Ms. Nam visited Kenya for the first time and was so impressed by the people and scenery of Kenya that she began a collection of oil paintings on Kenya, and held her first exhibition of Kenyan paintings in South Korea.

Ms. Nam has been actively painting since she was 15. As a student she won the first prize in a national competition which resulted in her receiving a full scholarship to study art in university. In 2008 Ms. Nam held two exhibitions, “To Kenya” and “Bible painting”; in 2012 she held “London Stories” a collection of paintings of the United Kingdom and Ireland after her travels.

Ms. Nam has exhibited her paintings in over 100 group exhibitions.

Nam Eunju’s blog:

September 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

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