Kenyan Born Artist Wangechi Mutu Exhibits at the Met Museum

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 12, 2019

Yesterday, the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York unveiled sculptures by Kenyan born Artist Wangechi Mutu . The magisterial bronze statues can be seen at museum’s  Beaux-Arts entrance.

These impressive representations of African women inaugurate the Met’s annual façade commission, which seeks to bring contemporary art to the front of an institution whose collection spans more than 5,000 years of history.

What’s amazing about this exhibition is that for the first time in 117 years, the sculptures will occupy the previously empty niches of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exterior.

Wangechi was commisioned by the Met earlier this year and she delivered The four bronze statues named The NewOnes, will free Us  in a record 9 months!


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The NewOnes, Will Free Us are SEATED on the great face of the MET Museum and I am so grateful! I have many to thank for bringing this work to life. For those who shined the light on this project by curating, writing, fabricating, installing, facilitating and photographing me and these bronze Queens. I’m so Deeply grateful. There’s my #Mutustudio Nairobi and NewYork #AstridMeek, Sholeh Hajmiragha, #JonathanFraser, the #METropolitanMuseum Sheena Wagstaff, Max Hollien, Alicia LaGamma and Kelly Baum, the magnificent #LaToyaRubyFraizer , superb #CynthiaEdorh At #WallaWalla Dylan , Glynis, Jeremy. My incredible gallery #BarbaraGladstone , Laura Lupton, #AndrewHuff , #SimoneBattisi, for your hands MaisieBroome, words and thinking press #NancyPrincethal, #HollandCotter #EveMcsweeny, more pictures by #EileenTravell #SunnyShokrae #GillianLaub #FeliciaGarciaRivera #MarioLazzaroni #RichardLeakey #AdrienneEdwards #TejuCole #ThelmaGolden #SandraJackson #wangechi #wangechimutu #wangechisart #africanartists #mutuart

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The four bronze sculptures, individually titled The Seated IIIIII, and IV  will be exhibited at MET for the next year


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