Contemporary African Art Collection by Jean Pigozzi


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GEORGES ADÉAGBO – À la rencontre de l’art, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
from 09/05/17 to 10/08/17

Georges Adéagbo, installation view, Global Imaginations, Museum De Lakenhal und De Meelfabriek, 2015, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

GEORGES ADÉAGBO – À la rencontre de l’art
Qu’est-ce qu’est l’art? Une manière de parler avec son prochain, sans devenir son ennemi.
2017 Finkenwerder Art Prize

Monday, 4 September 2017, 7 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Martin Faass (Kulturkreis Finkenwerder), Katja Schroeder (Kunsthaus Hamburg)

Guided tours

Thursday, 14 September, 6 pm

Sunday, 8 October, 3 pm

“L’art est dans la nature! C’est l’art qui fait l’artiste. Ce n’est pas l’artiste qui fait l’art!” (Georges Adéagbo)

On the occasion of the award of this year’s Finkenwerder Art Prize to Georges Adéagbo, the Kunsthaus Hamburg is presenting the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in his adopted home city of Hamburg.

Georges Adéagbo’s extensive assemblages that are usually installed in situ can be described as associative cultural-historical puzzles. The individual fragments comprising his frequently large-scale material collages are composed of text documents, photos, books, paintings, and objects, which Adéagbo collects on his travels, at flea markets, in everyday life, in second-hand bookshops, and elsewhere. Later, he sorts these thematically and assembles them into both discursive and subjective narratives. With his installations, he often portrays, among others, musicians, politicians and renowned European philosophers, in other cases taking abstract concepts such as otherness, globalization, and colonialization as starting points for his oeuvre. Adéagbo’s method of working can be comprehended as a process which is never complete, with the assemblages of individual elements in his installations taking a fixed shape only temporarily.


Curators: Katja Schroeder (Kunsthaus Hamburg), Stephan Köhler (Kulturforum Süd-Nord)

AFRICA. Raccontare un mondo, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italia
from 06/27/17 to 09/11/17

With a sub-Saharan overview the exhibition investigates today's African art through the works of 32 contemporary african artists.

The exhibition investigates today's African art, between Westerness and Africanism; crossing political, economical and gender issues; between the influences of the surrounding world and the future of the continent. Will Africa ever be independent from the West? Which are the new challenges? The 32 invited artists will provide a fourfold sub-Saharan overview: After the Independence, Introspection of the Identity, Africa Generation, the Body and Politics of the Distance.

curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg - Video and performance curated by Ginevra Bria

produced by Comune di Milano - Cultura, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Silvana Editoriale

ARS 11 - Changes your perception of Africa and contemporary art, KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
from 04/15/11 to 11/27/11
The premise of the ARS 11 exhibition is Africa in contemporary art. The themes are global, issues that affect us all. Memory, recollection and the simultaneous presence of different histories and layers of time, these are some of the common starting points of the work of many artists featured in ARS 11.

About 30 artists will be invited to participate in the exhibition, some of whom will produce new work for the show. The following artists have already started work for the exhibition: Georges Adéagbo (1942 Benin), Samba Fall (1977 Senegal), Laura Horelli (1976 Finland), Alfredo Jaar (1956 Chile), Otobong Nkanga (1974 Nigeria), Nandipha Mntambo (1982 Swaziland), Odili Odita (1966 Nigeria) and Barthélémy Toguo (1967 Cameroon). The Center for Contemporary Art Lagos CCA will produce an exhibition of work by the Nigerian photographer J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere (b. 1930), to be mounted on the second floor in Kiasma.

ARS 11 will extend across Finland and also to one venue in Sweden. The satellite exhibitions will be curated and produced by the partner museums and will showcase the themes of ARS 11.

ARS 11 will be part of the programme of the Capital of Culture year 2011 in Turku. The contribution of Kiasma will include two video installations from its collections: Where is Where? (2008) by Eija-Liisa Ahtila and WESTERN UNION: Small Boats (2007) by Isaac Julien. Both works will be on show for the first time in Finland. This part of the ARS 11 exhibition will be produced in cooperation with the Kiasma Foundation.

The ARS 11 curator team are Pirkko Siitari, Director of Kiasma, Arja Miller, Chief Curator, and Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Curator. The ARS 11 programme for Kiasma Theatre will be compiled by Riitta Aarniokoski. The African theme for ARS 11 was chosen by the former director of Kiasma, Berndt Arell.

The ARS 11 exhibition celebrates the 50-year history of the most important exhibition institution in Finland. Organised since 1961, the ARS exhibitions have played a crucial role in shaping ideas about art and giving a face to contemporary art in Finland. The history of the ARS exhibitions will be showcased during ARS 11 by two publications produced by the Central Art Archives of the Finnish National Gallery as well as by documentary material.

African Art Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
from 01/29/05 to 06/05/05

Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Upper Brown Pavilion
Photos: ©Tom Dubrock

Major, lavishly illustrated study of contemporary art being produced by the leading artists working in sub-Saharan Africa Painters, photographers, sculptors and installation artists are represented from nineteen countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Republic of Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo Artists include Frederic Bruly Bouabre, Seydou Keita, Samuel Kane Kwei, Cheri Samba and Malik Sidibe, among many others A rare glimpse into the latest currents in contemporary African art, showing how artists share an awareness of both local and global cultures, thereby acknowledging the complex heritage that African artists face today

Documenta11, Kassel, Germany
from 06/08/02 to 09/15/02

Okwui Enwezor, a native of Nigeria, was the first non-European art director of documenta—and the first documenta of the new millennium was the first truly global, postcolonial documenta exhibition. “Documenta 11 rests on five platforms which aim to describe the present location of culture and its interfaces with other complex, global knowledge systems.” Thus the exhibition in Kassel was the fifth and last platform in the concept introduced by Okwui Enwezor and his curatorial team, composed of Carlos Basualdo, Ute Meta Bauer, Susanne Ghez, Sarat Maharaj, Mark Nash, and Octavio Zaya.

Kassel, Germany
June 8 - September 15, 2002

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