African Metropolis Presents The Complex Metropolis Structure Through An Urban Lens

A timely exhibition of contemporary African art at the MAXXI presents a revelatory look at the continent’s artistic scene

Amidst Zaha Hadid’s light-filled labyrinth of concrete and steel is the pulsating, brightly coloured work of Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. Filling the cool contours of Rome’s 21st art museum with African zest is his installation Le salon bibliothèque. Realised specifically for African Metropolis, a vibrant cacophonous exhibition of work by artists from over two dozen African countries, Hajjaj has created a bookshop in his Moroccan pop style, comprising multi-hued patterned stools, and coffee tables and reused plastic crates. A little library with a selection of books on Africa tempt the visitor — all of which have been selected…

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