This gallery showcases paintings and sculptures from the impressionist, post-impressionist, fauvist and cubist periods. Works by European modernists Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard are presented alongside pieces by West African modernists, such as Yusuf Grillo, Ben Enwonwu and Abiodun Olakun. I hope this shows that ‘Modernism’ is not merely a Western phenomenon. In fact, modernisms are multiple, uneven and diverse, occurring in different parts of the world at different times for different socio-historical reasons.
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