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Copenhagen Airport increases its earningsAfrica’s rich cultural heritage encompasses a tremendous range of music, musical instruments, and performing arts. The variety of instruments made and used in Africa ranges from drums, xylophones, and zithers, to electric guitars and keyboards. Many traditional musical instruments appear utilitarian, while others are embellished with geometric, anthropomorphic, and zoomorphic features, allowing them to simultaneously serve as works of art. This exhibition features bells, rattles, harp lutes, drums, slit gongs, and lamellophones or “thumb pianos” from the West and Central African countries of Liberia, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Special thank you to the Fowler Museum at UCLA for making this exhibition possible.

The Art of the African Instrument is located post-security in Harvey Milk Terminal 1 of the San Francisco International Airport. This exhibition is accessible from May 11, 2024 – April 13, 2025 to ticketed passengers, and through prior arrangement by emailing curator@flysfo.com.

Visit https://www.sfomuseum.org/exhibitions/african-instruments for more information about the exhibition.