The American Bishop Alphonse Sowada, who has been active in Papua New Guinea for decades, supported the project 
and has founded  the

"Asmat Museum of Culture and Progress" 

there in the land of the Asmat.


It was the bishop that gave the initial impulse to offer works of Asmat art, via the Asmat Art Galerie, in Germany. Bishop Sowada wanted to help the Asmat tribe keep their cultural identity and support themselves economically through sales of their art work.

Short before his death he gave his private collection to the

 „American Museum of Asmat Art“

In 2017 we published his Biography "Missionary and Anthropologist - Bishop Alphonse A. Sowada´s Life Among the Asmat People"




Bishop A.Sowada