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What's driving the growing interest in African art? - The Art NewsPaper

by JANE MORRIS

As exhibitions abound and a game-changing new museum gets ready to open in South Africa, the market looks set to follow


Romuald Hazoumé’s Ear Splitting (1999) © Romuald Hazoumé

The Parisian art world will resound to a decidedly African beat when Bernard Arnault’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, hosts a three-part exhibition devoted to African art: Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier (26 April-28 August), It will include a show of contemporary South African art from the foundation’s collection and a selection of works from the collection of Jean Pigozzi. Meanwhile, the Parc de la Villette is hosting the 100% Festival of African art and culture (until 28 May) and the upmarket retailer Galeries Lafayette is celebrating African art and design with an exhibition (until 10 June). The art market has increasingly been taking note too: the Art Paris fair (30 March- 2 April) had Africa as its “guest of honour”, but the headline news has been that Sotheby’s will host its first African Modern and contemporary sale in London on 16 May.



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