The Yemisi Shyllon Museum Of Art (YSMA) will be the First Legacy Museum in Nigeria.

The Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art (YSMA) is located in the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos and will be home to a portion of the largest collection of Modern African Art, donated by the continent’s foremost art collector, Yemisi Shyllon.

Situated on a grassy site within the campus of the University, the 900sqm museum will host over a 1000 works of Yemisi Shyllon’s vast art collection which includes over 7,000 artworks of sculptures, paintings and other media, as well as over 55,000 photographs of Nigeria’s fast disappearing cultural festivals. The collection which has been built over the last 40 years has been celebrated by the Financial Times of London as one of the best 100 collections in the world and is valued in billions of Naira. You can read more about why Mr.Shyllon is helping to build the museum in his interview with Culture dispatch magazine.

Prince Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon (left); Pro-Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University, Mr. Pascal G. Dozie and Vice Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University,Prof. Juan M. Elegido receiving the donation from Shyllon. Image courtesy African Arts with Taj.

The museum was designed by Spanish-Nigerian Architect Jesse Castellote who is currently the Director of the Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art, an online educational resource he initiated at the university, and has also been appointed as the new museum’s first director. You can read more about Mr.Castellote’s role in developing the museum in his interview with Omenka.