Albers Foundation Announces New Museum in Senegal

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Albers Foundation Announces New Museum in Senegal

The Albers Foundation with Le Korsa is pleased to announce Bët-bi, a new museum and center for culture and community in rural Senegal.

The Albers Foundation with Le Korsa is pleased to announce Bët-bi, a new museum and center for culture and community in rural Senegal.

Due to open in early 2025, the museum will be a living and breathing institution with art as its focal point and offer a dedicated education program with a variety of initiatives aimed at engaging local and national communities, as well as performances, film screenings, and other events, all free and open to the public.

Bët-bi—which means "the eye" in Wolof—will be constructed on a site in the vicinity of Kaolack situated in the Senegambia region of West Africa which is renowned for the remarkable ancient stone megaliths that proliferate across this area and includes four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Mariam Issoufou Kamara, an architect from Niger and founder of the award-winning practice atelier masōmī, has been selected by a jury to lead the design of Bët-bi. The practice, based in Niamey, is guided by the principle that "architecture is an important tool for social change," with the possibility, through intentional design, to "give dignity and better people's quality of life."

Designboom has published a beautiful overview, mentioning how the "new cultural complex also aims to help revitalize the local economy. " You can also read more in Wallpaper and Dezeen.

 

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