Marwan Zakhem, an Accra based collector and business owner, is doing what he can to expose and support the contemporary art scene in his home country. His goal is to change local and international perceptions of his country by opening Gallery1957.
“I wanted to create a commercial platform for artists based here to provide increased opportunities so they don’t feel they have to move abroad to pursue their careers.” “I founded the gallery to support, complement, and highlight the art scene that has already started to grow here.”- Marwan Zakhem
About the Gallery
Gallery 1957 opened its doors on March 6, 2016, planned around Ghana’s Independence Day. Serge Attukwei Clottey was the first exhibition on display. Known for his concept of art, Afrogallonism, Serge works with yellow gallon containers found throughout Ghana to provide awareness to social and economical problems of the region. Serge Attukwei Clottey‘s most recent exhibition, A Mother’s Wardrobe, will be on display from March 7 through May 20, 2016.
Ghana has recently gained momentum as a national hub for contemporary art giving way to artists such as Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Halida Boughriet, and Gopal Dagnogo. With such a rich culture and vast selection of artists in the area, Gallery 1957 hopes to shine some light on the diverse talent the region has to offer while providing a positive platform for self expression.
At 10,000 sq m, this newly built museum hopes to draw crowds of up to 650,000 visitors a year, boosting the areas tourists business, as well as driving recognition and exposure world wide to local artists. The renovated design even offers the Swarovski Foundation Center for Learning, the Bakala Auditorium, Sackler Library and Archive, and a Designers in Residence Studio. Combined with an impressive line-up of artists, this year’s opening will prove to give the art scene here the potential to develop and grow with the country, making it a major hub for all of West Africa.
Many artists are slated to be showcased in Gallery 1957, and Marwan Zakhem is confident that the lineup will continue to be both inspiring and enjoyable. To see the works of the first 4 artists being showcased, check out the links below:
The museum is located within the Kempinksi Hotel Gold Coast City and is named after the year Ghana gained independence. Offering local and international audiences the opportunity to explore, experience and discover Ghana’s emerging art scene. In addition to discovering new artists and understanding their depth of practice, Gallery 1957 will be adding another layer of interest through existing independent structures thriving in today’s Accra.
The personal collection of contemporary West African art, owned by Mr. Marwan Zakhem himself, is displayed throughout the museum, showcasing working artists such as Ibrahim Mahama. Mr. Zakhem is excited to share his private collection while supporting the talent that he admires. In addition he aims to expose the growing art scene in his home country. Gallery 1957 has been fully renovated, updated, and offers one of the best museum experiences in the area, so if you are looking to learn more about the emerging artists and culture in Accra, spend a little time enjoying the local art.