IFAN Museum of African Arts

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IFAN Museum of African Arts
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Established 1938
Location Place Soweto, Plateau, Dakar, Senegal
Coordinates 14°39′48″N 17°26′17″W / 14.663307°N 17.438065°W / 14.663307; -17.438065
Type Art, Culture
Public transit access Busses: n°8, 7, 12, 13, 9, 6, 5, 15, 16, 23, 5.
Direction "Cap Manuel"
Website http://ifan.ucad.sn/

The Musée de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire or IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar, Senegal is one of the oldest art museums in West Africa. It was promoted by Léopold Senghor, the country's first President. In December 2007, its official title was changed to The Théodore Monod African Art Museum ("Musée Théodore Monod d'Art africain"), after the French naturalist Théodore André Monod, former director of IFAN.[1] Previously its official name had been "Le Musée d'Art africain de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire Cheikh Anta Diop IFAN/CAD".

The museum is part of the Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) institute, founded 1936 under the Popular Front government in France. When IFAN was transferred to Cheikh Anta Diop University in 1960, the building at Place Soweto near the National Assembly of Senegal was converted into a museum. It is today one of the most prestigious centers for the study of African culture and part of the Cheikh Anta Diop University. As the main cultural research center of the colonies of French West Africa, it contains important collections from across Francophone Africa.

The museum is one of the regular locations used in the Dakar Biennale exhibition, showing art by contemporary African and diaspora artists.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le musée de l’IFAN change de dénomination, ausenegal.com.
  2. ^ Assembling Africa — Dak'art 96 biennial art festival, various artists, various venues, Dakar, Senegal, in Art in America, May 1997 accessed at [1] March 2, 2007
  3. ^ Dak'Art 2006: positions and perspectives, in African Arts, Winter 2006 accessed at [2] March 2, 2007
    DAK’ART 2006 - Yacouba Konaté, Commissaire général de la Biennale de l’art africain contemporain : « L’art numérique n’est pas décalé, mais le public a le droit d’être un peu surpris », Babacar DIOP : Le Quotidien, 5 May 2006.