Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design showcases the work of over 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels economic, social, and political change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Organized by the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum BilbaoMaking Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from and within Africa who address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. Ranging from playful to provocative to political, their work often breaks conventional barriers between disciplines and expands the potential of design in the twenty-first century.

For more information about this exhibition, please visit the Making Africa website.

This exhibition will be on view in our Butler Gallery, located on the ground floor of the museum.

27nov(nov 27)12:00 pm(nov 27)12:00 pmFeaturedMidday Music: Jazz ComposersFeaturing members of AIME (Alternative Improvised Music Ensemble)

29nov(nov 29)12:30 pm(nov 29)12:30 pmPublic TourMaking Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

13dec(dec 13)12:30 pm(dec 13)12:30 pmFeaturedGallery Talk with Betelhem Makonnen & Tammie Rubin

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design is organized by the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

German Federal Cultural Foundation

Generous funding for this exhibition at the Blanton is provided by Suzanne Deal Booth, Jeanne and Michael Klein, and Suzanne McFayden, with additional support from Ellen and David Berman.

The Blanton presentation is organized by Claire Howard, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Share your experience on social media using the #MakingAfrica hashtag.

Image Credit:
Cyrus Kabiru
Caribbean Sun, 2012 (detail)
Image from the C-Stunners photography series
© Carl de Souza AFP/Getty Images