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Exhibition: ‘Lagos for show’ as veteran artist depicts hussle and bussle of the city



Veteran Artist, Yemi Odetayo, on Friday
said 53 paintings for his expo opening on Saturday in Lagos depicts historical facts as well as the hussle and bussle of the city.
Odetayo told the Nigeria News Agency that some of the works to be on show from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6 at the National Museum, Lagos, dated back to 30 years when he began a career in painting.

He said some of the paintings showcase the culture surrounding the Eyo masquerade of Lagos and various stages in the development of the state.

According to him, the essence is to document some historical facts of the city.

“The theme of the exhibition is “Shades of Life” because it tells of my experiences and those of others around me within Lagos where I reside.

“One of my works showcases the hustling and bustling of Lagos which is one of its most interesting features.

“Shades of Life is a notable collection of some of my selected works over a relatively long time and some selected recent works.

“My experiences over three decades from cartooning, textile, advertising and publishing world have a say in my rendition,” he said.

Odetayo said that some of the paintings also preached some sense of morality, while “Balance Act” projected how youths must be able to balance their academics with other areas of their lives.

He said “Against all Odds” also relayed the dignity in hard work, perseverance to push through in face of challenges.

He urged Nigeians to avail themselves of the opportunity to see the works as they would be taken back memory lane as regards Lagos history and inspired to be morally upright.

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“The World of Banksy” comes to Prague on exhibition




Works of the British anonymous street art artist Banksy first appeared in Prague on Friday in an exhibition called “The World of Banksy — the Immersive Experience.”

The exhibition presented a selection of Banksy’s work — in the form of reproductions — to the public, which included over 60 printed items from private collections and more than 30 examples of wall graffiti.

The exhibition will last till Sept. 27.

In the first part of the exhibition, Banksy’s most famous graffiti are spray-painted on the panels, so the whole evokes a kind of street full of art that the visitor is walking on. Leading Czech street artists and academic painters worked on the redrawn motifs, and used techniques similar to those used by Banksy, said the curator of the exhibition.

In the second smaller part, the most famous printed versions of Banksy’s works can be seen.

Banksy, whose identity remains unknown, has become one of the world‘s most famous street artists. His works have appeared on walls in London, New York, Berlin, Gaza and Tokyo.

Unlike many current pop culture icons who thrive by promoting their faces and lives on social media, Banksy’s allure comes from his anonymity, which puts the message of art front and center.


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Feature: Rome’s heralded Raphael exhibition reopens with coronavirus restrictions




Nearly three months after it was shut down at the start of Italy’s national coronavirus lockdown, the largest-ever retrospective of the life and work of Renaissance maestro Raphael reopened Tuesday with a choreographed trickle of visitors expected to become the new norm for public places.

The “Raffaello 1520-1483” exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, was under development for three years, featuring works on loan from 52 different museums and collections around the world. It added up to the most comprehensive collection of the work of a painter who died at the age of 37 but who was still as acclaimed as contemporaries Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

The exhibition opened amid great fanfare on March 5, but was forced to close days later when Italy announced Europe‘s first nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

The exhibit reopened Tuesday with the opening-day fanfare replaced by a methodical entry scheme designed to assure social distancing. Visitors, who had to wear face masks, were required to reserve precise entry times. Each visitor had his or her temperature taken by a digital thermometer upon entry.

Organizers allowed one group of six visitors to enter every five minutes and each group was given five minutes in each of 10 halls featuring a period of Raphael’s works and objects important to his career, starting from his death 500 years ago and going back to his youth. A bell chimed at the end of each five-minute period to let each group know when it was time to move onto the next hall.

“It may seem a little mechanical, but it is what we needed to do to allow people to enjoy the exhibition safely,” Matteo Lafranconi, co-curator of the landmark retrospective, told Xinhua. Lafranconi personally greeted many of the groups coming to the exhibition on the first day.

“We’re thrilled we were able to make it work out,” he said, a reference to the challenge of convincing museums and curators of private collections to extend the loan of Raphael’s works for an additional three months. In the end, Lafranconi said, every single lender agreed.

Tuesday had originally been scheduled to be the closing day for the exhibition, which has now been extended to Aug. 30.

On a busy day before the global coronavirus outbreak, the Scuderie del Quirinale museum could host as many as 5,000 visitors. Now, even with extended hours, the daily number will not surpass 800, museum officials told Xinhua.

Museum curators and directors have said this new kind of opening strategy is likely to be the norm as long as the coronavirus remains a threat. But visitors to the Raphael exhibition on Tuesday said they did not mind the new rules.

“It’s very different to visit a museum in this way, but everything is very different if you compare it to before the lockdown,” Antonia Esposito, a retired office worker, said in an interview. “Coming here feels a lot more normal than going to a restaurant or a hair salon these days. I have no complaints. I’m thankful to be able to come here.”

Theresa Verratti, a high school history teacher, agreed.

“I’ve spent the last two or three months teaching classes online,” Verratti told Xinhua. “It feels like a luxury to actually see these beautiful works of art in real life and not in a book or on a computer screen.”

The reopening coincided with Italy’s Republic Day, which marks the 74th anniversary of the national referendum that created Italy’s post-World War II republic, and it comes a day before the country opens its borders to restriction-free tourist arrivals from 25 Schengen countries.


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Online exhibition of drawings by children from SCO countries opens in Tashkent




An online exhibition of children’s drawings has opened in the Uzbek capital ahead of International Children‘s Day, the Public Diplomacy Center of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Uzbekistan said Saturday.

The event, named “The Wonderful World of Colors“, aims to increase children’s interest in fine arts and disseminate the culture, history, traditions and values of SCO member countries, Fakhritdin Utbasarov from the center told Xinhua.

“The exhibition, which children from SCO member countries are taking part in, is a bridge for the rapprochement of people from different countries,” he said.


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“Meet Vincent van Gogh” exhibition to reopen to public in Lisbon




A visitor takes pictures during the preview of “Meet Vincent van Gogh” exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 29, 2020. The exhibition, which will reopen to the public on June 3 with social distancing and safety measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, is an immersive journey and interactive experience through the life of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh. (Photo by Pedro Fiuza/Xinhua)

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Exhibition: NDA produces disinfectant machine to contain COVID-19



The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, says it has produced smart disinfection chambers to help contain the spread of corona virus.

The Head of Department (HOD) of Mechatronics Department, Maj. Abubakar Imam, said this during the exhibition of the machine on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Imam said that it was achieved through hard work and committed research activities.

Imam said the COVID-19 pandemic motivated the creation of the smart disinfectant chamber known as Ultra Violent Walk-Through Disinfection Tunnel (UVWTDT) and the Chemical Based Walk-Through Disinfection Tunnel (CBWTDT).

The CBWTDT incorporated a hydraulic system for the atomisation of chemical based disinfectant, an automated body temperature sensor and an automated sanitiser dispensing unit.

The CBWTDT can be installed at the entrances of public places, offices, supermarkets, hospitals. worship places, airports and other places,” Imam said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other items also displayed at the NDA exhibition of research output included side car for perimeter patrol and escort duty, fingerprint recognition for rifle operation and unmanned ground vehicle surveillance system.

Others include electronic armed guard-perimeter eye-fencing, wireless rocket launch system, smart surveillance sniper rifle, multimedia electronic microscope being accessed by cadets and electronic warfare communication.

The commandant of NDA, Maj-Gen Jamil Sarham, while inspecting the equipment, said that the innovations were inputs of both military and civilian academic and non- academic staff who devoted their time and resources to uplift the quality of education.

“The prototypes being showcased are the result of original research carried out in the academy using locally sourced raw materials which in some cases are waste products.

“It must be emphasised that the quality and standard of these research products are comparable to similar products elsewhere in the world,” Sarham said.

NAN reports that the equipment were exhibited by various departments of the NDA, which included civil and mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, mechatronic engineering and the faculty of science.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Grace Yussuf (NAN)



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Feature: Rome exhibition marking 500 years since Raphael’s death to reopen in June




Italy’s blockbuster exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Renaissance icon Raphael — shuttered only days after opening due to the national coronavirus lockdown — is now set to reopen on the date when it was originally scheduled to close.

Planned for years, Rome’s celebration of the short, brilliant career of Raphael had originally been scheduled to run from March 5 to June 2. Instead, it closed as part of Italy’s national lockdown, which entered into force on March 10.

The fate of the exhibition had been cast in doubt ever since. By far the largest and most comprehensive collection of Raphael’s work ever gathered, the exhibition featured works on loan from 55 different institutions around the world, according to Matteo Lafranconi, co-curator of the event. Having the loans extended at first seemed impossible.

“In the end, it was a great show of solidarity,” Lafranconi told Xinhua. “Many of the museums that loaned pieces were in other countries hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, including France, Spain, the United States, and Britain. There was a great deal of empathy for what we have been going through and in the end, all the loans were extended.”

Now the exhibition — which will examine the artist’s life in reverse, from his death in 1520 to his birth in 1483 — will reopen on June 2 and run through Aug. 30.

“We have a second chance to conduct this important exhibition,” Lafranconi said.

Still, the new exhibition won’t exactly reproduce the original plan. Continued precautions related to the coronavirus outbreak mean visitors will have to use social distancing precautions. That means six people will be let in every five minutes, and visitors will be limited to the amount of time they will be able to gaze upon Raphael’s masterpieces.

Even though he died at age 37, Raphael is considered one of the top three artists from the Italian Renaissance, along with Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Organizers said they would extend the hours of the exhibition to allow more people to enter, but there is no doubt that fewer people will see the exhibition under the new rules.

Lafranconi said the second run for the exhibition represents “a great victory” that will be appreciated by those who attend.

“In addition to its cultural value, there’s a new symbolic value to this exhibition,” Lafranconi said. “It shows that even amid a tragedy like this pandemic, we can be resilient.”


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Australian museums launch online exhibitions on websites amid COVID-19 pandemic




A boy views an online exhibition of Australian Museum at home in Sydney, Australia, on May 18, 2020. Many Australian museums closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have launched online exhibitions on their websites. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)


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COVID-19: Embrace digital exhibitions, expert tells artistes, others



Mr Israel Eboh, President, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), on Thursday, advised tourism practitioners, performing and visual artistes to embrace digital exhibitions.

Eboh said this would mitigate the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigerian creative industry which had great potential of generating huge revenue and employment for the nation.

He gave the advice during an online zoom conference with the theme: ” Agenda Setting for the Nigerian Creative industry- COVID-19 Impact on Nigeria’s Creative Industry”.

It was organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC).

Eboh said considering movement restrictions and lockdowns across the country, the only hope of ensuring the creative industry does not experience total collapse was to engage in digital exhibitions of works.

According to him, the visual artists can showcase their works on virtual platforms, while performing artistes can also produce playlets to be exhibited on different social media platforms for people to see how talented Nigerians are.

He said that tour operators, travel agents and other tourism practitioners could have video clips of destinations to be exhibited on different digital platforms to create awareness of the existence of such sites.

” Through this, businesses can still continue in the industry, rather than the total collapse we have experiencing.

COVID-19 has seriously dealt with the creative industry because the industry is such that is people driven

” That is the reason digitalising our crafts has become very necessary.

” Gallery owners and artists are not also left out, they need to create works and have online exhibitions so we can take our arts to the people.

” The creative industry must ensure that whatever we are producing now must be deep and beautifully created.

” Online fashion shows can also be organised, this will be creating good market for Nigeria while the country becomes relevant culturally and socio-economically as we take advantage of the pandemic and build on the possibilities,” he said.

Eboh urged the Federal Government to create sustainable infrastructure that would grow the sector at such a critical time as this, such as electricity, internet connections and more.

The association president also urged the  government to give some monetary palliatives to the creative industry as done in some developed countries to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.

” In the United kingdom, monetary palliatives were  given to the industry, likewise Germany where $68billion was also released to the creative industry; Nigeria’s case should not be an exemption,” he said.

Earlier, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, NCAC commended  efforts of various stakeholders for making the meeting a successful one irrespective of  various challenges induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said such germane discussion was necessary at such a time to chart the way forward for tourism practitioners and the creative industry generally.

Runsewe said that the meeting would be held henceforth on a weekly basis to keep investors in the creative industry abreast of developments and brainstorm on ways forward.

He said NCAC was working on a comprehensive report on how far COVID-19 had affected the creative industry which would encompass experiences from pre-COVID-19 period to  postCOVID-19 era.

” Our documentary on experiences before, during and after COVID-19 will help us keep history to enable people have a detailed understanding of how it has affected the creative industry.

” The creative industry contributes over $250million to the global economy annually, it is a huge industry we must guide jealously,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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COVID-19: Fashion enthusiasts to embrace digital exhibitions — Ronke Ademiluyi



The Founder, Africa Fashion Week, Nigeria/London, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, on Saturday said digital exhibitions should be embraced by fashion enthusiasts to help engage clients while maintaining no physical contact as a precaution to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.

Ademiluyi, also the Cultural Ambassador to Queen Moremi Ajasoro, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that embracing virtual creativity would save fashion enthusiasts a lot during the lockdown.

“In this time of COVID-19, it has given us diverse knowledge to create an opportunity to re-think alternative means in moving the industry forward.

“This is not only on how to produce a catwalk show but also how to help all talented designers on the continent to build collections, learn new skills, showcase and market their designs online.

“We understand the challenges that our emerging designers face in trying to build collections and showcase them on a world stage.

“We are engaging designers with our master classes and webinars. Our education in fashion online classes with a full fashion curriculum will be starting soon,” she said.

The cultural ambassador noted that Africans had embraced digital alternative in other facets of life as banking, music, films and other areas in the creative industry.

“Young Africans have embraced the digital age in all aspects whether it is in innovative banking systems, robotics, virtual design, music, film making, etc.

“It’s not far-fetched to see how we can train young designers to use design software to build virtual collections without having to waste materials.

“Also to train them to scan their physical collections via their smartphones and send the data to be included in a virtual showcase anywhere online,” she told NAN.

“It is Africa Fashion Week’s goal to be the teacher, the facilitator and the portal for using African designers to showcase collections.

“This we are doing by digitalising our core services, developing a series of teachable tools for designers to create and develop a virtual or augmented reality catwalk and virtual exhibition for them to showcase.”

The young princess, also a legal practitioner, noted that fashion brands should be prepared to adapt to changing conditions and circumstances.

She said that their marketing messages should use more of social platforms and they should shift marketing efforts online to move with the current setback.

“The future of the fashion industry will change following the effects of COVID-19 except if we all key into the digital alternative.

“Social distancing is changing the fashion industry, moving it away from the traditional fashion to digital fashion platforms into digital solutions.

“The pandemic is forcing fashion enthusiasts to look inwards and experiment or engage with innovation and technology, providing an opportunity to build a more sustainable future for themselves,” she said.

“Designers should use new digital technologies like digitizing their models and garments as powerful communication tools to connect them directly with a global audience without physical contact.

“We don’t know for sure how long its going to take for things to get back to normal and when people will be comfortable in a large gathering without the fear of COVID-19.”

According to the fashion enthusiast whose shows were also affected by the pandemic, when things go back to normal, it won’t be business as usual.

She noted that there would have been so many changes in the way designers engaged with their consumers.

Ademiluyi urged Nigerians to stay safe and healthy as fashion would always be available and could only reinvent with creative ideas if the persons were healthy.

Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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