The John and Suzanne Kaufmann Collection of African Art


Celebrate Black History Month 2016 at McIntosh Gallery, Western University

McIntosh Gallery is pleased to present The John and Suzanne Kaufmann Collection of African Art. Selected from an array of over 200 nineteenth and twentieth century works of art, this remarkable exhibition includes tribal masks, ancestral figures, basketry, sculpture and textiles made by artists from over thirty ethnic groups including the Dan, Mossi, Asante, Luluwa and Dogon peoples. A complementary installation of beadwork and jewellery from the Kaufmann collection will be on display at Western’s Weldon Library.

Since the mid-twentieth century, the late John and Suzanne Kaufmann of London, Ontario, maintained a keen interest in collecting fine examples of art that celebrated the diversity of African visual culture, an interest handed down from Suzanne’s family who began collecting in the early part of the 20th century.

Dr. John Kaufmann was a neuropathologist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from the early 1970's until his retirement in 1989. He was an Emeritus Professor Western University until he passed away in February 2013.