Exhibitions and Curating

We have organised exhibitions of contemporary African art since 2005, averaging two exhibitions a year. We identify artists, usually by travelling out to dusty studios in African towns once or sometimes twice a year. Occasionally we show artists through recommendations of other artists. Once the idea for an exhibition is born we fundraise for the exhibiton, find a suitable venue, start on the logistics of getting art works (and in many cases the artists) from Africa to the exhibition, and finally curate and hang the exhibition.


Joint Ventures & Taylor-made Exhibitions

It's not always easy for institutions in the west to know what is going on on the various African art scenes or to identify good artists in Africa let alone communicate with artists that may not be used to the standard ways of a museum or gallery in the west. We offer institutions, galleries and museums the chance to show African contemporary art through a joint venture with thorupART where we apply for funding jointly, and thorupART assists with identifing artists, themes, communication with artists, and often also transport and framing of works.

Examples: Lofoten Kunsthage, Norway | Tampere Art Musem, Finland | Galeri Briskeby, Oslo, Norway

Ready-made Exhibitions

We have experienced that many galleries and organisations would like the oportunity to show their vistors, customers or community African contemporary art. We offer exhibitions as a complete package of paintings/art works, artists' bios (usually in Danish and in English), and often also title cards. Generally these exhibitions are taken on by galleries as sales exhibitions, but can also be taken on by larger institutions. An exhibition fee may apply in cases where the exhibited works are not for sale or if the exhibition stretches over a long time.

Examples: Power & Rights exhibition tour to Galleri Stenseminde and 8 Arts Societies across Denmark

Image Service

Seen an image you would like to use? thorupART assists institutions and companies who wish to use images of African art in an commercial context. It does so by establishing contact between the institution and the concerned artist so that a fair agreement can be reached.

Example: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark used images of works from the exhibition AFRICA/NOW to illustrate the 2008 Danida annual report

AFRICA/NOW toured from Rundetaarn in Denmark to Lofoten in Norway and finished at Tampere Art Museum in Finland

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