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Arts of Africa

At the MFAH, art from the diverse continent of Africa spans ancient to contemporary times and includes the world's most significant collection of gold objects: the Glassell Collection of African Gold.

© Malick Sidibé
Malian, born 1936
Christmas Eve
1963, printed 1999
Gelatin silver print

Image: 47 x 44 7/16 inches
Sheet: 59 9/16 x 49 7/8 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of Nina and Michael Zilkha

Arts of Africa

Malick Sidibé’s photographs, produced in the 1960s through the mid-1970s, captured the parties and informal clubs around Bamako, Mali, where rock and roll had become the soundtrack of freedom. Preparations surrounding a solo exhbition by Sidibé at Deitch Projects, New York, in 1999, led to the life-size sculptural tableau Clubs of Bamako, by Coulibaly Siaka Paul.