About the gallery

Golol Art Gallery was the first and last independent gallery of its kind ever established in Somalia and based in the capital city Mogadishu.

The Gallery was established in 1987 by renowned Somali artists and intellectuals to promote and sustain the cultural identity collected by generations of Somali historians. The aim was to protect the Somali heritage from malice and as propaganda by the socialist government to suit its own selfish ends.

The goal is to create a more culturally oriented society that adopts their heritage, historical background (old and contemporary) and facilitate civil transformation to produce an uplifted and a creative Somali youth who can overcome the impasse of the inherited oral communication.

Therefore, Golol Art Gallery was born from that point as a non-profit, charitable organization. Golol Art Gallery was was opened to the public in 1987. The Gallery contained over 1123 different artifacts and valuable paintings before the collapse of the government. However, I was able to redeem and preserved only 34 pieces out of 1123 collected artifacts. We do hope that these paintings carry a missing historical and cultural link, which will give interest to both the community and the scholars.

Golol Art Gallery exhibition at Church House London

Golol Art Gallery exhibition at Church House London

We do hope that these paintings carry a missing historical and cultural link, which will give interest to both the community and the scholars.
— Ali Said Hassan