EXPANSION OF TIME

 

Opening the 2017 art season at Temple Muse is Expansion of Time, an exhibition of 33 paintings and 1 mixed media installation created by two multi-ethnic contemporary artists, Raoul Olawale da Silva and Wura-Natasha Ogunji, in which they explore the concept of time, history, connections, and improvisational flow.

Da Silva and Ogunji are both Diasporan artists who returned to Nigeria a few years ago to discover a deeper meaning to their creativity and ancestry. Ogunji’s coming of age as a woman of color in the United States inspired works which look at the issues of identity, feminism, and draws on deep cross-continental memories. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

On the other hand, Da Silva’s large, bold, colorful abstract paintings on paper and canvas, are a perfect counter-point to Ogunji’s delicate, small precise drawings. Da Silva’s creative voice is expressed through art and music and is inspired by a passion for surfing, skateboarding, and environmental activism.

The exhibition is curated by Sandra Mbanefo Obiago and sponsored by UBS and Veuve Clicquot. Exhibition runs until April 28, 2017.

Photo credit: Leke Alabi-Isama

SUGAR, SPICE & ALL THINGS NICE

On Saturday December 3rd , Temple Muse hosted their annual Christmas Party, this year playfully themed, ‘Sugar, Spice & All things Nice’. The store was transformed into a candied wonderland with red & white stripes adorning the walls from head to toe to resemble an old-fashioned sweet shop complete with candy carts laden with ‘I Love Candy’ sweets and beautiful giftware for all the family. 

The newly opened Christmas Shop boasted classic trimmings for any household, from Christmas crackers and sparkling baubles to glistening wreaths, ornaments and ceramics. A new addition this year was the unveiling of deliciously scented cinnamon ornaments: an immediate crowd pleaser! 

The partner for the evening Moet & Chandon kept guests merry with chilled coupes of Brut & Nectar Rose Champagnes, who were further spoilt with toasty tumblers of eggnog & mulled wine, accompanied by turkey-cranberry puffs and minced pies.

On the fashion floor, designers didn't disappoint, rails were dripping with new occasion wear from local designers Lisa Folawiyo and Tiffany Amber, a perfect to kick-start for the fashion crowds curation of their festive seasonal wardrobe.  Temple Muse new comers Style Temple & Roskanda Illinic delivered their much-waited SS17 collections which were received with great success.

When afternoon turned to evening, and the party was in full flow, the best treat of the day appeared in the shape & sound of famed acapella quintet, ‘In His Image”. The crowd were whipped into good cheer with their renditions of Christmas classics ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’, ‘Santa Baby’ & a final group sing-a-long of ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’. The finale of the evening was delivered by party guest Kaline Akinkugbe who surprised everyone by belting out a soulful ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ supported by the barbershop singers. 

 

 

AWAKEN YOUR SENSES

On Saturday 6th Central Lagos shutdown for the Lagos City Marathon whilst at Temple Muse the party was in full swing for the annual Pre-Valentine event, this year entitled 'Awaken Your Senses'. Stylish guests were invited to enhance their senses though the plethora of product on offer within the store

‘Sight’ was explored through the set up of an old fashioned cinema installation complete with buttery popcorn showcasing Baz Lurhman's Romeo & Juliet. Much awaited scents from Cire Trudon, Voluspa & Fornasetti filled a home fragrances wall covering ‘Smell’, whilst ‘Taste’ was discovered though delicious bites of rose-iced cakes, exotic fruit tarts and coconut infused rice finished off with sparkling glasses of champagne by the hosting house Moet & Chandon. Lastly ‘Sound’ was incorporated through eclectic ballade remixes echoing through the store and of course ‘Touch’ through the texture line.

International and Local designers did not disappoint with their new collections curated especially for the event - local new comers IAMISGO & TZAR drew a young fashionable arty crowd to the event and ever doting husbands were excited to finally have some retail therapy with the arrival of tailored designer swimwear brand Orlebar Brown. 

INFLORESCENCE BY ERE DAPPA

It was with great excitement and anticipation that Temple Muse launched the much-awaited collection ‘Inflorescence’ by Ere Dappa on Saturday 10th October. Dappa, famously known for her intricate beadwork on wax-print and impeccable fit has given us a new facet to her design aesthetic by unveiling a selection of fine Italian linens in an array of sorbet colours adorned with floral beading.

The designer was on hand at the event to offer advice and detail the stories behind the beading on the garments. Guests were enchanted to learn that the authentic crystal and coral beading on the pieces were inspired by ancient Japanese artworks of botanical gardens.

The fashionable crowd were treated to exquisite canapés and signature Temple Muse cupcakes accompanied by chilled champagne from the hosting house, Veuve Cliquot. The event was heralded a success by all who attended and continued well into the evening. 

AN EXHIBITION OF RECENT WORKS BY ROM ISICHEI & KAINEBI OSAHENYE

Temple Muse launched its first art exhibition of the year on March 23rd presenting stunning works by two of Nigeria’s most prominent artists - Kaneibi Osahenye and Rom Isichei. The exhibition of thirty five paintings and mixed media works showed an intense exploration of texture, colour, scale, style, and technique by two internationally recognized experimental artists.

Rom Isichei’s fifteen artworks are mostly figurative in composition, focusing on society’s self-obsession and excess consumerism while searching for ideal beauty. His large works are sometimes heavily textured, sculptural mixed media paintings in which he uses glue, sawdust, acrylic paste, even kitchen towels to build up tactile surfaces. At other times, we see a master painter at work, using intricate lines and strokes which are more classical in nature. His subjects look contemplative, while inhabiting a world of red energy which is expertly juxtaposed by quiet reflective gazes.

These works are juxtaposed with Kainebi’s intense exploration of the human condition through intricately layered, small and large collages of hundreds of eyes which have been cut out of paper and stuck across canvases painted with acrylic, enamel, and spray paint. Osahenye uses repetition and clustering of eyes to reflect on themes of spirituality, materiality, instability and redemption. Moving away from his usual large scale installations of found objects including water bottles, burnt, crushed and flattened beverage cans,  the artist for the first time is showing a series of much smaller works.

Their works drew an eclectic audience of guests and collectors excited to view the impressive curation of these two established artists. Guests sipped on Ruinart Champagne whilst taking in the exhibition which will be on display till April 30th.

TORY BURCH LAUNCH

It was with great excitement & anticipation that Temple Muse launched Tory Burch in Nigeria on Saturday 14th March featuring their Spring / Summer 2015 Collection which consisted of easy to wear silk printed tops & kaftans, and transitional day to night separates perfectly selected for the tropical Lagos climate.

Also on offer was a selection of classic Tory Burch shoes and accessories, from paint-dipped jewellery to woven leather flats and colour-blocked bags that have become the must-have items of every fashionable lady.

Stylish guests were treated to exquisite canapés and delightful bites accompanied by a plethora of champagnes, which marked a successful launch for one of the world’s most recognized American fashion brands. 

#TM AFTER DARK

This Valentine’s Temple Muse hosted an intimate evening with Moet & Chandon for it’s esteemed guests themed “Temple Muse After Dark” to mark the launch of the new season's collections.  

Grey's “Prive” Collection and “Rosetta” by Lanre Da Silva Ajayi featured alongside new designer launches from the likes of Markus Lupfer & Mr. Nieves, striking jewelry from Astley Clarke, gourmet wine & chocolate gift boxes for food lovers from Maxim’s de Paris and Dr. Vranjes’ luxury home fragrance collection. 

The highlight of the soiree was the candlelit ‘After Dark’ Pop-Up space that served as a chill out lounge filled with an array of intimate gifts – definitely worth a visit.

THE OPENING OF THE CHRISTMAS SHOP

This Christmas, Temple Muse hosted its esteemed clients to an afternoon of festivity at the opening of “The Christmas Shop” installation, which showcased a plethora of sparkling ornaments, stocking fillers, signature gifts for him & her, luxury hampers and gourmet confectionary. 

Temple Muse also highlighted key holiday-inspired collections displayed throughout the store which included high-fashion occasion wear from both African & International designers, scented Christmas candles, exclusive, must-have handbags for the season and miniature pieces of art from six top Nigerian artists. 

Guests were treated to a feast of decadent canapés and different champagnes from the world’s leading champagne house, Moet & Chandon, who supported the iconic annual event. There was also a performance by Nigerian soul singer, Kaliné - who kicked off the holiday season with an array of Christmas jingles and self-written songs.

'CONNECTIONS' FEATURING UCHE JOEL CHIMA & JIMMY UCHE NWANNE

The “Connections” exhibition presented two artists whose subtle lines and texture, kinetic color and unique materiality brought the vibrant Lagos art scene closer to the global need to keep connected, linked and inter-dependent. The body of thirty-seven expertly crafted works on canvas and wood were fresh expressions by two artists whose worldview touches on important social issues including gender equality, girl child education, and security.

Mid-career artist Uchay Joel Chima graduated from the Institute of Management & Technology in Enugu in 1997 majoring in painting, and has had numerous successful shows and art residencies in Canada, the United States and Europe. His works were featured at the Museum of African Culture in Maine, USA this year, and have been part of numerous international auctions including Bonhams in the UK. In Connections, he presents intricate and delicately drawn human figures created out of string on subtle color backgrounds. 

Presenting with Chima is Jimmy Uche Nwanne, a Germany based Nigerian artist who graduated from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka with a degree in fine and applied arts in 2010. In Connections he presents large portraits of people in thought and motion on finely textured canvases that come alive with an amazing application of colour and finely inscribed poetry. 

 

KINGDOM BY CAVEN ETOMI POP UP SHOP WITH BELVEDERE VODKA

The Temple Muse pop-up space was taken over by Caven-Etomi to launch the first collection from their new  streetwear sub-branch 'Kingdom'. The brand concentrates on luxury urban apparel inspired by African heritage, culture and art. This collection drew inspiration from the 'Hairstyles' series by prolific Nigerian photographer J.D 'Okhai Ojikere and was simply entitled 'Hair'.

Guests were welcomed by a wild variety of Belvedere Cocktails, delicious canapés & signature Temple Muse mini cupcakes, whilst they perused the high summer collection.  The store was buzzing with energy from the dynamic crowd who came ready to shop and the famous Celfie corner was never empty as guests were able to take away a souvenir self-image of themselves against a graphic backdrop as featured on the new tees. Safe to say the evening was labelled a success and heralded by one of the guests 'as the best opening party of the Summer'.

 

WIE (WOMEN: INSPIRATION & ENTERPRISE) NETWORK EVENING WITH VEUVE CLICQUOT

Temple Muse hosted a welcome cocktail party for visitors & esteemed guests from all around the globe of the annual Women Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Africa Conference in Lagos, on Friday 2ndMay 2014. 

The evening served as a perfect opportunity for a meet & greet for all those in attendance and also featured speeches from a host of inspirational visionaries, media personalities & industry leaders promoting the empowerment of women in enterprise.

H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Temple Muse CEO Avinash Wadhwani, Women Inspiration & Enterprise  Founder, Dee Poku and Event Chair Bola Balogun of GLAM Network opened proceedings with welcome & thank you speeches followed by an introduction of The WellBeing Foundation – a charity supporting the development of people and communities at large founded by H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki

Guests were treated to an exceptional range of champagnes by the official partner of the event, Veuve Cliquot and a delicious selection of canapes & desserts by Temple Muse.