Former Genentech Exec Brings Collection of Rare African Art to the de Young

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 (Photograph by Robert A. Kato)

Neuroscientist Richard Scheller, who recently retired as head of research at Genentech, is a man of many passions. One of them is sub-Saharan African art, and his 120-piece collection will be on exhibit in San Francisco's de Young Museum starting this Saturday. Scheller joins us to talk about his interest in African art, how the de Young exhibit came about and life after Genentech.

Samples from the Richard H. Scheller Collection

Figure, 19th century, Fang Nitumu, Gabon, Wood



Richard Scheller, former vice president of research for Genentech


Soompa (Nigeria, Chamba, active 1920s-1940s) Figure, early 20th century, Wood, pigments

Figure, 20th century, Teke, Republic of the Congo, Wood, textiles, grasses, imported buttons, metal, fiber, and ritual materials

Figure/container, 19th century, Ngangela, Angola, Wood, beads, and fiber

Headdress, early 20th century, Bamana, Mali, Wood, metal, and plastic

Mask, 20th century, Bamum, Cameroon, Wood, cowries, cane, and pigment

Photographs by Robert A. Kato