Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou

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Browse pieces of art ranging from abstract to traditional, conceptualist, and naïve genres at Fondation Zinsou, a modern exhibition center for the promotion of contemporary African arts. Established in 2005, the foundation has its headquarters in a refurbished 90-year-old colonial mansion, which includes both a permanent collection and seasonal shows. Run by a daughter of Benin's ex-prime minister and investment banker, the center also features exhibits like African LP records, and has a brightly painted school bus offering art tours and workshops to children. With our international travel planner, Cotonou attractions like Fondation Zinsou can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Here is one of the highlights of Cotonou. The Zinsou Foundation currently offers exhibitions of contemporary African art, a selection of the Foundation's collection, a lot of photography. If the Foundation loses share its architecture compared to his alter-ego of Ouidah (in a beautiful colonial building) she wins by the exhibited works, exhibitions, which will follow one another and the quality of the guides for the visit. Guide with the works on the tip of the fingers but also up-to-date with news of exhibitions on African art in the world, artists from other countries, short great visit! The shop is also a must focus on exhibition catalogues and many objects in colorful fabric. It's hard to hold on to buy something despite the very high prices.
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  • After Ouidah, Cotonou and again congratulations for the quality of the collection. Photographers, painters, and sculptors perfectly represent contemporary art Benin and West African, Western artists are also exposed. Clear and air-conditioned Museum where the visit is guided by enthusiasts, thanks Jonas for sharing this. We had lunch then to the coffee Museum restaurant and it was really nice, we highly recommend!
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  • a center of culture in Cotonou do like painting pictures sculpture on several floors for complete ber on the top floor on a store of cultural objects staff you gives explanations and guides you in rooms (air conditioned rooms ) is much appreciated!
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  • Beautiful space for the exhibition of Beninese and other West African artists. Free entry and long open hours make this place accessible to anyone with a free hour or too. The quiet library/study space on the 4th floor is a hidden treasure for those seeking a work place with ample natural light and a spectacular view of the city
  • It was a good time out there, I saw art work in another perspective, a mixture of the French Yoruba and Nigerian Yoruba works and tradition. You might have a bit of challenge getting them to translate but with google translator you can be ae to communicate with them. The most amazing part is you can check out all the work for free including the museum guide, all you need do is tip them if you wish.
  • You could easily lose yourself in the works of art displayed here. They feature classic records, paintings, drawings, etc found almost nowhere else in the country. I personally loved the wonder so much that I strayed from the group to feast my eyes on all it had to offer. Things like that make small buildings feel like skyscrapers and that's one of the best feelings in life. Definitely a place to go. Thank me later.
  • Is good for our children, for a future leaders.
  • design cafe, hide place, very clean, cool !
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