Beautiful: The Exposition (An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings) Press Release

Beautiful: The Exposition holds October 13-20 at  Freedom Park, Lagos.



Special Features

  1. Presentation of Beyond Aesthetics, a book by Wole Soyinka
  2. Screening of a Documentary: Eye of An Artist

Beautiful: The Exposition is a two-part showcase of the artists’ interpretations of beautiful― especially formed by their duration of practice and as posited in their works.


A display of paintings and drawings by two artists, Chidynma Ochu & Ronke Komolafe; and a documentary presenting a copilation of interviews with 19 artists with diverse training, orientation and duration of practice— spanning two years to five decades. The exhibition features a special section on works from select private collections.

It will take place October 13-20, 2019 at the Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos Island.

The project brings to bear elements that shape or have shaped the artist’s definition of beauty, ranging from aesthetic compositions to experiential leanings and process, all of which have been succinctly presented through their works, their words and collector’s intervention.


Exhibiting artists: Chidynma Ochu, Ronke Komolafe

Artists interviewed in documentary: Chief Dr Mrs Nike Monica Okundaye, Professor Peju Layiwola, Muraina Akeem, Ayoola Mudasiru, Ayoola Omovo, Ibe Ananaba, Oliver Enwonwu, Sadiq Williams, Iyunola, Godwin Samuel, Raji Babatunde, Ugonma Chibuzo, Adekile Mayowa, Yusuff Aina Abogunde, Emmanuel Odumade, Abinoro Akporode Collins, Adeojo Oluwaseun, Sylvester Aguddah

Featured Collections: Professor Wole Soyinka, Mr. Alexander Nwude, Mr. Ifeanyi Orakwue

Beautiful: The Exposition will run concurrently with the 2019 and 22nd edition of the annual Felabration Festival.  It thus keys into the year’s theme  — “From Lagos With Love” and; situates the participants among those whose practices have been influenced by the colours and textures of the State.


The playwright, poet, essayist, novelist, and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is also a longtime art collector. Beyond Aesthetics: Use, Abuse and Dissonance in African Art Traditions is a continuation of his three-part Richard D. Cohen lectures delivered at Harvard in 2017. This book of essays offers a glimpse into the motivations of the collector, as well as a highly personal look at the politics of aesthetics and collecting. Detailing moments of first encounter with objects that drew him in and continue to affect him, Soyinka describes a world of mortals, muses, and deities that imbue the artworks with history and meaning.

Beyond Aesthetics is a passionate discussion of the role of identity, tradition, and originality in making, collecting, and exhibiting African art today. Soyinka considers objects that have stirred controversy, and he decries dogmatic efforts—whether colonial or religious—to suppress Africa’s artistic traditions. By turns poetic, provocative, and humorous, Soyinka affirms the power of collecting to reclaim tradition. He urges African artists, filmmakers, collectors, and curators to engage with their aesthetic and cultural histories

This project is presented and curated by Kennii Ekundayo.


  • Exhibition Opening/Book Presentation: Sunday 13 October, 2019 | 2PM – 7:30PM
  • Artists-in-Conversation: Monday 14 October, 2019 | 5PM – 6:30PM
  • Show days: Monday 14 – Sunday 20, October 2019 | 11AM – 7PM daily
  • Venue: Kongi’s Harvest Art Gallery, Freedom Park

          #1 Hospital Road, off Broad Street, Lagos Island


Beautiful: The Exposition is supported by FelabrationNG, Freedom Park Lagos, ODUMIJE, Wole Soyinka Foundation

Proudly Sponsored by Alexander Nwuba

Powered by The Avalon Daily! Official Media Partner founded by avid art collector and enthusiast, Tosin Bashir Ashafa.

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Kennii Ekundayo is a Nigerian-based Curator with an extensive background in the Arts that spreads across creative writing, dance, drama and languages. She began her professional practice in March 2017 and has worked with the likes of Verdant Zeal Group, Freedom Park, Professor Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ken Nwadiogbu, Arinze Stanley, Helen Gebregiorgis, Sylvester Aguddah, Raji Bamidele amongst several others. Her practice also encompasses art(ist) advisory and management to artists, collectors and cultural initiatives.

Kennii runs her curatorial outfit, Odumije and is also the Communications Officer for the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and the Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF).



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