Photo: Executive Director of UN Environment, Mr Erik Solheim.Photo: Executive Director of UN Environment, Mr Erik Solheim

Exhibition on Nordic Architecture in East Africa - 'Forms of Freedom'

The UN Environment Executive Director, Mr Eric Solheim, and the Norwegian Ambassador, Mr Victor Rønneberg, opened the architecture exhibtion 'Forms of Freedom' at the National Museums of Kenya on 2 November 2016

Nordic architects palyed a key role in establishing modern welfare states in their home countries. What's less known, is that they helped modernize and build up liberated countries in Africa in the 1960s and 1970s through official development cooperation.

The exhibition 'Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models' explores the projects carried out by Nordic architects during this period. It highlights the modernist and experimental free zone that emerged during the encounter between Nordic aid and African nation building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The exhibition was produced for the Nordic pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2014 and has since between displayed in Oslo in 2015. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Norway has now brought it to Kenya in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya.

The exhibition will last from 2 November 2016 to 3 January 2017.

 


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