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Chief Susanne Wenger MFR, also known as Adunni Olorisha (c. 1915 – 12 January 2009), was an Austrian-Nigerian artist, illustrator and comics artist , who resided in Nigeria. Her main focus was the Yoruba culture and she was successful in building an artist cooperative in Osogbo.She partnered with local artists in Osogbo to redevelop and redecorate the Osun Grove with sculptures and carvings depicting the various activities of the Orisa's. She died at the age of 93 in Osogbo,Osun State.

SUSAN WENGER'S LEGACY

Due to Susanne’s lifelong efforts, the Sacred Groves of Osogbo, the 75 hectare old-growth forest has been preserved and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is an environmental oasis in a region that is experiencing fast and unplanned urbanisation.

Susanne developed, in collaboration with a group of traditional artists and artisans who she mentored, the “New Sacred Art Movement” which is unique to Nigeria and recognised globally as an important form of artistic expression.

The New Sacred Art located in the Sacred Groves of Osogbo is arguably one of the most impressive contemporary sculpture gardens in the world.
The Sacred Groves is a vital repository of Yoruba history, culture and mythology as one of the last remaining sacred groves in Yorubaland. It is a central meeting point for people around the world interested in traditional culture and heritage in West Africa.

Susanne Wenger did not work for fame or money: in fact she rejected both. She lived by a set of values, which included a great compassion for people, and a dedication to artistic expression.

Susanne Wenger left people and organizations committed to continue her work—the artists of the New Sacred Art Movement, her adopted children Priest and artist Sangodare Ajala and Chief and Priestess Doyin Faniyi, the Adunni Olorisha Trust, the Susanne Wenger Foundation/Stiftung in Austria and all people who share her commitment to art and heritage in Nigeria.
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