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Exhibition: Butterflies by Jeffie Magina, Mar. 3-25 2017 @ National Museum

Painting by Jeffie Magina | via NMK

Painting by Jeffie Magina | via NMK

Dates: March 3 – 25, 2017
Venue: National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Tickets: Normal Museum Rates Apply

An exhibition of recent works by Jeffie Magina

To celebrate International Women’s Day and month, we shall be showcasing recent works by Jeffie Magina. Butterflies is a tribute to the girl child. Magina applies different media to create a story-line around the everyday lives of girls. Butterflies is a journey through an eventful passage of life.

February 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Upendo – A Celebration of Love, Feb. 14 – Mar. 30 2017 @ National Museum

Dates: February 14 – March 30, 2017
Venue: National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Tickets: Normal Museum Rates Apply

Love can be considered a state of mind that only exists within a spiritual space. It is a feeling that is neither visible nor tangible. Love has been expressed in various ways through generations; it is said to transcend all senses and to reside in one’s life and soul.

In this exhibition that opened to the public on 14 February, St. Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love with paintings, photography, sculpture as well as objects and stories from our museum collection.

February 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

Photo & Film Exhibition: My Camera My Life by Sir Mohinder Dhillon, Until Oct. 31 2016 @ the National Museum

My Camera My Life by Sir Mohinder Dhillon | Photo via the NMK

My Camera My Life by Sir Mohinder Dhillon | Photo via the NMK

Dates: Until October 31, 2016
Venue: the National Museum of Kenya
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Tickets: Normal Museum Rates Apply

The photographs that make-up this exhibition were shot over a period of fifty-six years, (1952 – 2008), by Sir Mohinder Dhillon, a Kenyan news camera man. The photographs allow us to travel with Mohinder back in time and eavesdrop on history, reminding us of our past and the individuals and events that helped shape our world.

“Looking back over the more than 83 years I have spent in the world; I cannot help but feel a sense of wonder. Did I really do all these things? Go to all these places? Meet all these people? How, as a simple village boy from Punjab who never even finished school, did I end up travelling the globe, dodging bullets to make a living by shooting thousands of meters of film in some of the world’s most dangerous trouble spots?” – Sir Mohinder Dhillon, October 2016.

October 10, 2016 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Exhibition: One in Three – What Does it Take for You to be Outraged? Jul. 28 – Aug. 2016 @ National Museum

Silent Conversation 1 by Maggie Otieno. | Photo via NMK

Silent Conversation 1 by Maggie Otieno. | Photo via NMK

World Bank Art Program Exhibition: One In Three – What Does It take for You to Be Outraged?

Opening: July 28, 2016
Venue: Ecology Gallery, National Museum
Time: 5 pm

One In Three: What Does It Take for You to Be Outraged? From the World Bank Art Program
The One In Three exhibition is a global exhibition that includes artworks from artists from every region of the world. The title of the exhibition derives from statistics that a third of women in the world will experience gender-based violence (GBV) in their lifetimes. Through works of art and statistical data collected from all regions of the world, the exhibition will raise awareness about universality of gender-based violence, and will encourage a dialogue in the local community about both preventing GBV and the rehabilitation from the trauma of it.

The exhibition will display photographs, paintings and sculpture created by emerging, international contemporary artists that directly confront the issue of GBV. This is art that makes a difference by raising awareness about a global social problem with local effects.

July 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

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

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