Filmposters from Ghana 1987 - 2007

May 28, 2016 – Sept. 11, 2016 This exhibition has ended
Candidates For Hell
subtitle: The Satanic Pastor (Ghana 1995), Mr Brew Art, location/year unknown, 134 x 112 cm
In Bloodywood, the Kunsthal presents the unique collection of hand-painted film posters of Mandy Elsas, which he has collected during his many visits to Ghana. Starting in the 1980s, these brightly coloured paintings were made to order by street artists to advertise usually violent video films in the many makeshift cinemas that Ghana had at the time.

Local painters put their own interpretations of each film on the posters. They are a typically Ghanaian phenomenon. The illustrations, painted on the inside of flour sacks, tell a story and are often extreme or bizarre. Over the years Elsas’ collection has grown to more than 750 items and has already become an important historical document. The bright hand-painted posters in oils have now been replaced by the pale tints of faded print. The Kunsthal will show some eighty of them this summer.

The comprehensive publication Bloodywood, with approx. 200 illustrations and detailed background information, will be published to accompany the exhibition.

Quicksilver Highway (USA 1997), E.A Heavy J. Home of Art, Teshie 1999

See more

01-Together Forever_Bloodywood_Kunsthal.png
Together Forever (Ghana, 2002), E.A. Heavy J, Teshi 2004
Sakobi The Snake Girl.png
Sakobi. The Snake Girl (Nigeria, year unknown), Mr Brew Art, location/year unknown
Friday open until 22:00
On 21 June - during Friday Night LIVE - the Kunsthal will be open in the evening.
Book your tickets
Kunsthal & Cookies
For an optimal website visit, we use functional and analytical cookies. To show videos and advertisements based on your interests, your consent is required for the use of marketing cookies. You can change this at any time. View our cookie statement and privacy statement.
These cookies enables the website to work like it should. These cookies are not optional.
These cookies are set by third parties, like YouTube or Vimeo.
These cookies allow us to measure the usage of the website and improve it accordingly.
These cookies allow our advertising partners to offer content tailormade for you.
When you disable categories, some functionality in the website might not work correctly. It's possible to change your preferences at any time. More information.