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Wole Soyinka’s collection, on display at Harvard’s Cooper Gallery, features works by
contemporary Nigerian artists.

Wole Soyinka’s collection, on display at Harvard’s Cooper Gallery, features works by
contemporary Nigerian artists.

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Wole Soyinka collection takes back African representation

“WOLE SOYINKA: Antiquities Across Times and Place,” on view at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art in Harvard Square, features nearly three dozen objects from the famous African playwright’s personal collection. Contemporary works by Nigerian artists who have been inspired by Soyinka’s writing augment his personal pieces. The resulting exhibition presents a dynamic response to the question, ‘what does it mean when artists collect art?’”