The public display of Ben Enwonwu’s Tutu at West Africa’s premier art fair, Art X Lagos 2018, is a turning point in Nigeria’s art history.
The three-day international art fair, which began on Friday, November 2 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos is featuring Tutu as a loaned artwork.
This masterpiece was last displayed in Nigeria in 1975.
Tutu is a 1974 iconic portrait of Adetutu Ademiluyi, an Ife royal princess and was auctioned in London for £1.2 million in February by Bonhams Auction House, London.
Tutu, which had previously been declared missing, was found in a north London flat before it was auctioned at the record-breaking sum.