How can we make Kenyan cultural assets that are possessed by institutions in the Global North accessible to present-day Kenyan society?

Since 2018, this question has been addressed by the International Inventories Programme (IIP), which brings together Kenyan and European artists and scholars. The core aim of the project is to develop a database of all Kenyan objects in European and North American museums. Following exhibitions in Nairobi (18.3.–30.5.2021) and Cologne (28.5.–29.8.2021), the visualisation of this database will now be presented in the Weltkulturen Museum along with further scholarly and artistic contributions.

As well as negotiating issues about restitution, a forum will be created for addressing individual objects from intellectual and emotional points of view. The exhibition also deals with the psychological and political consequences of the loss or absence of certain objects from the societies in which they were created. Perspectives and voices from Kenya are central to the approach taken at the Weltkulturen Museum.

There are works on show by artist collectives The Nest and SHIFT, interviews with members of local Kenyan societies, footage from the discussions organised by the project, and the results of joint research on objects from the collection. In order to highlight the diverse range of opinions about how these objects should be presented, the artist collectives will redesign a room of the exhibition during its runtime: this will turn the museum display itself into a subject for debate.

  1. Participating scholars and artists
    The Nest Collective: Jim Chuchu, Njoki Ngumi (Kenya)
    SHIFT collective: Sam Hopkins (Kenya/Germany), Marian Nur Goni (France), Simon Rittmeier (Germany)
    National Museums of Kenya: Lydia Nafula, Philemon Nyamanga, George Juma Ondeng’, Njeri Gachihi, Lydia Galavu and the Tuzi collective (Kenia) Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum: Clara Himmelheber (Germany)
    Weltkulturen Museum: Julia Friedel, Leonie Neumann (Germany)
  2. Exhibition adress, Opening hours, Prices
    Weltkulturen Labor
    Schaumainkai 37
    60594 Frankfurt

    3€ / reduced 1,50€
    Free admission for children and teenagers under the age of 18

    Opening times: Tue.–Sun. 11am – 6 pm , Wed. 11 am – 8 pm
  3. Safety Guidelines
    - Please show one of the following proofs when entering the museum: Vaccination certificate (digital or vaccination card), proof of recovery, negative test proof (not older than 48 hours)
    - Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 m in the entrance and at the counter.
    - Protective masks are mandatory. Please cover mouth and nose. We sell simple protection masks at the counter.
    - Please keep a security distance of at least 1.5 m from visitors and guards.
    - Please sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm, wash or disinfect your hands regularly.
    - People with acute illness must not visit the museum.
    - Please use the marked separate exit.