Wangechi, a Kenyan artist, to have two sculptures on display at the Met

Who is Wangechi Mutu?

Wangechi Mutu is a contemporary artist and sculptor who has made a name for herself on the global art scene for merging gender, art, race, history and her identity into her works of art. The futuristic look and feel of her pieces places her work in the Afrofuturism category. Speaking of her work, “…a lot of my work reflects…the influence that America has had on contemporary African culture.”

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Wangechi is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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What is the Met?

The Met, which is The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is famous for being the location of the prestigious annual Met Gala which features the biggest celebrities and names in the music, art and fashion world.

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The Met is also the world’s largest museum of fine art.

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The NewOnes will free us

The two sculptures by Wangechi that have been acquired by the Met are from the exhibition titled The NewOnes will free us. According to the museum these sculptures engage in a critique of gender and racial politics that is as pointed as it is poetic and fantastic.

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You can view the exhibit virtually here. Looking for more Kenyans internationally recognised to stan? 


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