Bertina Lopes

Baltimore Museum of Art

Bertina Lopes's work Totem N. 2, 1968 has recently been acquired by The Baltimore Museum of Art for their Encylopedic Collection. 


Totem N. 2 is part of a series that reflects on the artist’s exile in Rome, starting in 1963, following her involvement in the movement for Mozambican independence. The vibrant painting incorporates references to historic African and European modernist art, with Lopes abstracting an unidentified African mask into arcing, geometric facial planes across the canvas. The acquisition reflects the BMA’s commitment to bringing works by contemporary African artists into the collection. 


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February 14, 2023