The museum will start its curatorial programme with two simultaneous, long-term, thematic exhibitions, curated by Iheanyi Onwuegbucha. Each of them will occupy a whole floor of the museum. At the lower space, “Making Matter”, will explore materiality and technology in Nigerian art over time: wood, metals, clay, fibre, textiles, stone, paper, discarded and repurposed materials, etc. The exhibition will show how Nigerian artists have explored different materials available within their environment, mirroring the various social and cultural conditions of their times. At the upper level of the museum, the exhibition “Mirroring Man” will explore society and politics in Nigerian Art. Before colonization, art played an important role in Nigerian traditional societies. Whether through traditional media or moving images, abstraction or figuration, militancy or detached observation, the artworks in this exhibition will highlight aspects of the social reality in which they were made and try to generate a reaction and convey a more or less explicit message to their publics. Each of these exhibitions will be on display at the museum from early 2020 till 2021.