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On aime l'art...!! agnès b., Grand Arles Express, Collection Lambert en Avignon, France
from 07/06/17 to 11/05/17

Malick Sidibé, Nuit de Noël, 1965

UN CHOIX D'ÉRIC MEZIL DANS LA COLLECTION AGNÈS B.

La Collection Lambert, Musée d’art contemporain, Avignon, présente une sélection d’œuvres de la collection agnès b. dans le cadre du Grand Arles Express, programme hors les murs des Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles. Si des expositions ont déjà fait découvrir certaines œuvres majeures collectionnées depuis plus de trente années par la styliste agnès b., l’idée de réaliser son portrait en miroir aux multiples facettes n’a jamais été réalisée avec cette ampleur. À la fois styliste, réalisatrice d'un film sélectionné à la Mostra de Venise, productrice de films, intimement liée au monde de la musique, agnès b. est également une grande découvreuse d'artistes depuis les années 1980. Elle a ouvert sa galerie en 1983 et déniche des pépites photographiques datant des années 1930 à nos jours. L’exposition s’organise autour de grands artistes qu’elle a souvent collectionnés telle une pionnière, de Kenneth Anger à Jonas Mekas, mais aussi autour de filiations temporelles ou esthétiques. Comme autant de rébus et de contes populaires, ces œuvres dessinent un portrait de cette femme libérée de toute convention. Tout comme Yvon Lambert, agnès b. partage cette fureur de vivre communiquée par les œuvres collectionnées pour être partagées.



Collection Lambert en Avignon
5 rue Violette
84 000 Avignon
Ouvert tous les jours
sauf le lundi de 11h à 18h.
Juillet/août : tous les jours
de 11h à 19h.
Exposition accessible sur présentation du forfait des Rencontres d'Arles 2017.


Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
from 04/26/17 to 09/04/17

Du 26 avril au 4 septembre 2017, la Fondation Louis Vuitton présente Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier.

L'exposition constitue un panorama de la création récente de l'Afrique subsaharienne à l'Afrique du sud à travers trois axes :

Les Initiés, un choix d’œuvres de la collection d’art africain de Jean Pigozzi (1989-2009)
Être là, Afrique du Sud, une scène contemporaine
L’Afrique dans la Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton


Les Initiés

L’exposition Les Initiés réunit une sélection d’œuvres de quinze artistes emblématiques de la collection d’art
contemporain africain de l’homme d’affaire Jean Pigozzi, présentée pour la première fois à Paris.

Dès 1989, Jean Pigozzi fait appel à André Magnin, qui va arpenter le continent africain pour constituer sa collection, à la rencontre d’artistes vivant et travaillant en Afrique subsaharienne. À une époque qui ne connaît ni téléphone portable, ni internet, il parvient à nouer de véritables liens avec des artistes locaux, dont il dévoile la liberté et l’originalité.

La détermination et l’engagement qui ont présidé à cette collection ont permis la constitution d’un fonds unique, aux partis pris affirmés, qui, dans sa diversité, témoigne de l’un des visages de la création contemporaine en Afrique, de 1989 à 2009.

Éclectique et libre, la collection Pigozzi ne privilégie aucun médium et vise à représenter chaque artiste par
des ensembles conséquents. Elle a révélé une scène jusqu’alors méconnue, lui permettant d’élargir son audience et sa résonnance internationale. Cette collection a ainsi joué un rôle prescripteur indéniable.



Les artistes de l’exposition, tous héritiers de savoirs spirituels, scientifiques et techniques, développent des mondes aux multiples expressions et supports. En ce sens, ce sont des « initiés ».

L’exposition, conçue par la direction artistique de la Fondation Louis Vuitton, a été réalisée en étroite collaboration avec Jean Pigozzi.


Commissaire général : Suzanne Pagé; Conseiller : André Magnin ; Commissaires : Angéline Scherf et Ludovic Delalande ; Scénographie : Marco Palmieri.

L’exposition est prolongée jusqu’au 4 septembre


Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
from 12/09/16 to 05/27/17
Musclemen Series, 2012, by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou


This large-scale group exhibition presents art being made today in, or about, Africa, from an Afro-futurist perspective that challenges traditional divisions: fantasy, imagination and cosmology, usually associated with past mythology, are incarnated into science fiction and futurist representation. The various narratives span between colonialism and its ramifications to a re-examination of the African body, landscape and culture—through utterances that shatter the usual distinction between truth and fiction, between myth and science, between technology and spirituality.


CURATOR:
Ruth Direktor

LOCATION:
Lilly & Yoel Moshe Elstein Multi-Purpose Gallery Herta and Paul Amir Building


MAKING AFRICA Continent of Contemporary Design, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
from 10/01/16 to 01/15/17

This autumn the Kunsthal Rotterdam throws new light on contemporary African design. Making Africa presents work by more than 120 artists and designers. This young generation of thinkers and makers, with their experimental approach and fluent use of new media, introduces the world to a new vision of Africa. These creative minds often work at the same time in different disciplines and welcome the opportunity to break with existing conventions. ‘Making Africa’ provides a surprising, amusing and lively picture, with design in the widest sense of the word.



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MAKING AFRICA FESTIVAL
On Sunday 2 October there are various performances, workshops, guided tours, music, food and dance, including storytelling by the dramatist Ogutu Muraya, a fashion show by Lady Africa, and teasers for the Afrovibes Festival all day long.



Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain
from 03/23/16 to 08/28/16


Cyrus Kabiru, C-Stunners 2012. Caribbean Sun.
© Cyrus Kabiru. Foto: Miguel Luciano.

www.makingafrica.net


Making Africa has been co-produced by the Vitra Design Museum (where it was shown from 14 March to 13 September 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (presented from 30 October to 21 February 2016), with the collaboration of Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

The exhibition showcases the work of over 120 African artists and creators and illustrates how design fuels economic and political changes. Making Africa speaks, from Africa, of a new continent “under construction” and places emphasis on its possibilities over its problems.


“Thinking about the future means thinking about our possibilities in the world. The future belongs to Africa, because it seems to have happened everywhere else already.”
Okwui Enwezor, Consulting Curator of Making Africa



The exhibition offers a new tale of Africa, an invitation to value the continent from a brand new perspective. Many of the major African capitals are seeing the consolidation of a generation that, around culture and through creation and design, is defending its right to build itself in freedom, without foreign tutelage and contradicting the stereotypes projected from the West.



A new generation of creators

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2050. A Brief History of the Future, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
from 03/23/16 to 05/29/16
The exhibition takes its name from the book with the same title by Jacques Attali, published in 2006,hypothesize the future of the world and our society. Previously presented at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the group show relates to the issues discussed by Attali in eight stations and with about 50 works by international artists of contemporary art.
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Produced by Comune di Milano Cultura, Palazzo Reale
Curated by Pierre-Yves Desaives and Jennifer Beauloye


Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain, Guggenheim Bilbao, Espagne
from 10/30/15 to 02/21/16
L’exposition Making Africa – Un continent du design contemporain présente des travaux appartenant à un large éventail de domaines créatifs : design d’objets et de mobilier, arts graphiques, illustration, mode, architecture, urbanisme, art, artisanat, cinéma, photographie, sans compter l’approche numérique et analogique. Ces œuvres occupent, délibérément, cette zone grise existant entre les différentes disciplines et pourtant, elles nous fournissent des réponses concrètes à la question de ce que peut et doit apporter le design au XXIe siècle. Par exemple, ils découvrent de nouvelles possibilités dans l’usage des matériaux, mettent davantage l’accent sur le processus que sur le résultat et réalisent des déclarations audacieuses sur l’avenir.


2050 Une brève histoire de l'avenir, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Bruxelles
from 09/11/15 to 01/24/16
Peintures, sculptures, photographies, vidéos, installations et arts numériques : plus de 70 œuvres d’art contemporain interrogent notre avenir, à l’horizon 2050. L’exposition aux MRBAB aborde de grandes thématiques sociétales comme la surconsommation, les conflits mondiaux, la raréfaction des ressources naturelles, les inégalités sociales et économiques, la mutation de l’être humain. À ces thèmes complexes viennent se greffer des visions positives et constructives, parfois même teintées d’humour. Des artistes belges et internationaux comme Sugimoto, Boetti, Kingelez, Warhol, LaChapelle, Gursky, Op de Beeck, Yongliang, Turk, Alÿs, … nous invitent ainsi à (re)penser l’avenir.


Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko, Fondation Cartier, Paris
from 07/11/15 to 01/10/16

A place of extraordinary cultural vitality, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be honored in the exhibition Beauté Congo – 1926-2015 – Congo Kitoko presented at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain with André Magnin, Chief Curator.

Modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s
Taking as its point of departure the birth of modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s, this ambitious exhibition will trace almost a century of the country’s artistic production. While specifically focusing on painting, it will also include music, sculpture, photography, and comics, providing the public with the unique opportunity to discover the diverse and vibrant art scene of the region.

Precursors
As early as the mid-1920s, when the Congo was still a Belgian colony, precursors such as Albert and Antoinette Lubaki and Djilatendo painted the first known Congolese works on paper, anticipating the development of modern and contemporary art. Figurative or geometric in style, their works represent village life, the natural world, dreams and legends with great poetry and imagination. Following World War II, the French painter Pierre Romain-Desfossés moved to the Congo and founded an art workshop called the Atelier du Hangar. In this workshop, active until the death of Desfossés in 1954, painters such as Bela Sara, Mwenze Kibwanga and
Pili Pili Mulongoy learned to freely exercize their imaginations, creating colorful and enchanting works in their own highly inventive and distinctive styles.

Popular painters
Twenty years later, the exhibition Art Partout, presented in Kinshasa in 1978, revealed to the public the painters Chéri Samba, Chéri Chérin, and Moke and other artists, many of whom are still active today. Fascinated by their urban environment and collective memory, they would call themselves “popular painters.” They developed a new approach to figurative painting, inspired by daily, political or social events that were easily recognizable by their fellow citizens. Papa Mfumu’eto, known for his independent prolific comic book production and distribution throughout Kinshasa in the 1990s, also explored daily life and common struggles throughout his work. Today younger artists like J.-P. Mika and Monsengo Shula, tuned-in to current events on a global scale, carry on the approach of their elders.



AFRIKA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
from 06/25/15 to 10/25/15
The exhibition presents a number of striking impressions and living traditions from the African continent and it takes place at the intersection of architecture, contemporary art and culture. Louisiana’s architecture exhibitions are never simply about building construction and aesthetics, but are rather about society, about the defining, interpreting and transforming type of intervention that architecture contributes to both the physical and mental spaces that constitute our social communities. An architecture exhibition at Louisiana concerns the life we live, the life that others live, and the life we could live.

The work of Bodys Isek Kingelez will be exhibited.


Making Africa : A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany
from 03/14/15 to 09/13/15
This major exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum sheds new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, «Making Africa» shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning.


(im)possible! Artists as Architects, Marta Herford (Gehry galleries), Herford, Germany
from 02/21/15 to 05/31/15
Marta Herford is a living example of how architects sometimes think of their buildings as sculptures. But what happens when this perspective is reversed, when artists engage with architecture?

In the Marta anniversary year we will be taking a completely new look at these interconnections: can artists as archi-tects be more innovative, radical, provocative when they do not have to worry about building regulations, economic feasibility and investor wishes?

Dreams of (im)possible rooms, drawings of utopian city designs, walk-in space constructions and fictive museums are just some of the fascinating results of such a role reversal. The exhibition presents the whole diversity of artistic border-crossings, and gives several examples taking a look back over the 20th century and thus the beginnings of this intensive exchange of spatial ideas and questions.


Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection, Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
from 10/21/14 to 01/08/15
"We are pleased to announce that the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery’s inaugural exhibition will comprise selections from the Jean Pigozzi Collection of Contemporary African Art (CAAC). David Adjaye, the renowned British-Ghanaian architect and the designer of the Cooper Gallery and the Hutchins Center façade, also serves as co-curator of this first exhibit, along with Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt. Adjaye heads a curatorial team that offers a unique dialogue between art and space that we think will set the tone for exhibitions to come. Luminós/City.Ordinary Joy will feature 69 works by 21 artists. It illuminates the everyday, ordinary, and ubiquitous world of the city characteristic of so many of the works in Pigozzi’s collection, evoking a sense of place and facilitating a dialogue between body, home, transit, and dynamic urban dwellings. The models, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and videographies of vital city life will convey a vibrant urgency to the Gallery’s visitors."

Opening in fall 2014, the newly established Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is one of eight flagships of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. It will feature both contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art of a global diaspora. The innovative and distinctively designed gallery exhibit spaces will house shows organized by curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished guests. The gallery will host a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances to engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.


Vivid Memories, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
from 05/10/14 to 09/21/14
On May 10, 2014, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will launch its thirtieth anniversary celebration and invites the public to discover Vivid Memories, the first exhibition of this exceptional year. In perpetual motion for five months, this exhibition brings together the community of artists with which the Fondation Cartier has built a history as a pioneer patron of the arts.

Works by CAAC artists Chéri Samba and Bodys Isek Kingelez return to the Fondation Cartier for the celebration.


The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery
from 06/11/13 to 08/26/13

The CAAC is contributing works by Bodys Isek Kingelez to the Hayward Gallery's exhibition "The Alternative Guide to the Universe".

This exhibition surveys the work of individuals who create alternatives in art, science and architecture.

The exhibition is focused on self-taught practitioners whose work is generally produced outside of established channels and official institutions.

The Alternative Guide to the Universe features a range of contributors from fringe physicists to the inventors of new languages, from artists who map cities of the future to others who design imaginary technologies.

Inspiringly original and bracingly eccentric, their work re-imagines our social and cultural conventions in ways that fearlessly depart from accepted ways of thinking.

Taken together, it conjures a kind of a parallel universe where ingenuity and inventiveness trump common sense and received wisdom.



Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Netherlands
from 01/29/12 to 05/06/12
As early as 1846, the Vlisco company, based in Helmond, served the West African market with Dutch Wax textiles. From 29 January through 6 May, 2012, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem will present Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design, an exhibition about how Vlisco’s Dutch textiles became a part of various West African cultures and found their way into international fashion, the visual arts, and photography. The exhibition Six Yards is a tribute to Vlisco textiles: over a hundred years old, born in Indonesia, designed in the Netherlands, loved in Africa, and desired in the West. These colourful fabrics make their way to fashion shows in Paris, the markets in Ghana, and galleries in London and New York. The exhibition Six Yards focuses on all the relevant angles, from their presence and meaning in the work of artist Yinka Shonibare, to the stories in the oral tradition that have come from the fabrics. The works of artists Bodys Isek Kingelez and Seydou Keïta will be featured.


Postmodernism, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
from 09/24/11 to 01/15/12
Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition, but it is a perfect subject for an exhibition. Postmodernism was an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical. It was visually thrilling, a multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious.

What does postmodernism mean, and where did it come from? The V&A will explore these questions in the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990.



''Mondes inventés, Mondes habités'', MUDAM, Luxembourg
from 10/08/11 to 01/15/12

Mondes inventés, Mondes habités (“Invented Worlds, Inhabited Worlds”) unveils the singularity of universes developed by artists who are in turn thinkers, engineers and architects investigating the forces and flux that control and make up our universe, as well as the dynamics that animate it. Attentive to the mechanics of the world, sensitive to its potential energy, as well as to the streams of thought which irrigate it and define it, their work tackles questions of a scientific and metaphysical nature. Thus, these often complex artworks reveal the beauty of forces in action, as in the case of Conrad Shawcross and Miguel Palma, or are inspired by artworks such as “Bridges” by Chris Burden. Others, like Isa Melsheimer, are interested in architecture as a means of developing ideas about the space we inhabit, the conception we have of it but also its instability. Finally, some (such as David Altmejd) play on materials, whether mineral or organic, recreating fantasmagorical worlds.


Curators
Marie-Noëlle Farcy
Clément Minighetti

Mudam Luxembourg
3, Park Dräi Eechelen
L-1499 Luxembourg
info@mudam.lu


JAPANCONGO, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
from 07/08/11 to 08/20/11
German artist Carsten Höller has created JapanCongo, an exhibition featuring works from the art collection of Jean Pigozzi.

The exhibit brings together the world of African and Japanese art under one roof. Fifteen Congolese artists will be displayed including the talents of Peter Bodo, Chéri Samba, Pathy Tshindele, Jean Depara, Cheik Ledy and Bodys Isek Kingelez. An equal number of Japanese artists will also be displayed with works from Natsumi Nagao, Nobuyoshi Araki, Akihiro Higuchi, Kazuna Taguchi, Kaneuji Teppei, Hiroki Tsukuda and Keiichi Tanaami.

JapanCongo was first exhibited in France at Le Magasin in Grenoble. It will travel to Russia at The Garage - Center for Contemporary Culture of Moscow in summer 2011.

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Location
Garage Center of Contemporary Culture
127055
19A Ulitsa Obraztsova
Moscow
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JAPANCONGO: Carsten Höllerʼs double-take on Jean Pigozziʼs collection, Magasin, Grenoble, France
from 02/06/11 to 04/24/11
German artist Carsten Höller has created JapanCongo, an exhibition featuring works from the art collection of Jean Pigozzi.

The exhibit brings together the world of African and Japanese art under one roof. Fifteen Congolese artists will be displayed including the talents of Peter Bodo, Chéri Samba, Pathy Tshindele, Jean Depara, Cheik Ledy and Bodys Isek Kingelez. An equal number of Japanese artists will also be displayed with works from Natsumi Nagao, Nobuyoshi Araki, Akihiro Higuchi, Kazuna Taguchi, Kaneuji Teppei, Hiroki Tsukuda and Keiichi Tanaami.

JapanCongo opens in France at Le Magasin - Centre National d'Art Contemporain in Grenoble, from February 6th to April 24th 2011. Then it will travel to Russia at The Garage - Center for Contemporary Culture of Moscow in June 2011 and Italy at the Palazzo Reale - CIMAC of Milan in September 2011.

Curator: Carsten Höller
Venue: CNAC - Le Magasin
Centre National d Art Contemporain
Site Bouchayer-Viallet,
155, cours Berriat
F-38000 Grenoble
Tel: 04 76 21 95 84
Fax: 04 76 21 24 22
info@magasin-cnac.org


Dreamlands, Pompidou Center, Paris, featuring Bodys Isek Kingelez amazing model city
from 05/05/10 to 08/09/10
Présentée dans la grande galerie du Centre Pompidou du 5 mai au 9 août 2010, l'exposition Dreamlands développe un propos inédit : montrer comment les modèles de foires internationales, d'expositions universelles et de parcs de loisirs ont influencé la conception de la ville et de ses usages.
Démultipliant la réalité par la pratique de la copie, jouant d'une esthétique de l'accumulation et du collage souvent proche du kitsch, ces mondes clos et parallèles ont en effet inspiré les démarches artistiques, architecturales et urbanistiques au XXe siècle, au point de s'ériger en possible norme de certaines constructions contemporaines.


AFRICA? Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy
from 11/19/09 to 01/17/10


Roma.Africa? Una nuova storia: dal 19 novembre 2009 al 17 gennaio 2010 il Complesso del Vittoriano ospita per la prima volta nella capitale una grande mostra che vuole far conoscere larte contemporanea africana attraverso 80 opere tra dipinti, sculture, istallazioni, video di 30 artisti di diverse generazioni nati nei Paesi dellAfrica Sub-Sahariana. Lesposizione, a cura di André Magnin, è divisa in due sezioni: La Collezione Pigozzi di Arte Contemporanea Africana presenta le opere di artisti provenienti dalla celebre Collezione di Jean Pigozzi, il più importante collezionista di arte contemporanea africana; la sezione ArtistiAfricani è costituita dalle opere di artisti indicati da diverse Ambasciate di Paesi africani.

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Press articles: La Repubblica Roma, EventiaRoma.it, Global Project, Roma Beni Culturali, Eclipse Magazine, Cultura Italia, UnDo.Net, Cultura Lazio

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In this exhibition dedicated to contemporary African art, the Caac is showing works by 20 artists from the collection


Less is less, more is more, that's all ! CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
from 06/14/08 to 09/14/08

Parallel to the Présence Panchounette exhibition, the CAPC presents in the space of the nave several generations of artists who share with them a collective vision, a “chounette” spirit, being: the challenge of the notion of authorship and style, the decorative becoming inevitable for any artefact, the domestic, the poorly done, the redefinition of the notion of kitsch “with a class consciousness”, propaganda, rumours, embarrassing strategies etc.

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Less is Less, More is More, that’s all s’interroge sur l’objet aculturé, répondant à la première exposition rétrospective de Présence Panchounette (2008)

Parallèlement à l’exposition Présence Panchounette dans la ville de Bordeaux, le Capc présente plusieurs générations d’artistes qui partagent avec ce collectif la remise en cause de la notion d’auteur et de style, le mal-fait, le kitsch et l’idée de devenir décoratif de l’art.

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Artists: John Ahearn, John Armeleder, Art & Language, BANK, Guillaume Bijl, Xavier Boussiron, Buy Sellf, Valentin Carron, Maurizio Cattelan, Jacques Charlier, A Constructed World, Jeremy Deller, Wim Delvoye, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Fischli & Weiss, Sylvie Fleury, Claire Fontaine, General Idea, Group Material, François Hers, International Situationnistes, Jim Isermann, Edward Kienholz, Karen Kilimnik, Jeff Koons, Samuel Kane Kwei, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Bertrand Lavier, Paul Mc Carthy, Alessandro Mendini, Gianni Motti, Jim Shaw, Société Perpendiculaire, Gitte Schäfer, Jean-Frédéric Schnyder, Haim Steinbach, Rosemarie Trockel, Jeffrey Vallance, Patrick Van Caeckenberg, Lily Van der Stokker, Gil Wolman... and many more!



Why Africa? Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
from 10/06/07 to 02/03/08


THE PIGOZZI COLLECTION
6 October 2007 – 3 February 2008
curated by André Magnin

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is pleased to present Why Africa? The Pigozzi collection, as part of its new cultural programme dedicated to art collections.

The exhibition is having its Italian première, curated by André Magnin, Artistic Director of Contemporary African Art Collection (the Pigozzi collection), the world’s most important collection of contemporary African art.

Created in 1989 by the joint efforts of Jean Pigozzi and André Magnin, who was deputy curator of the exhibition Les Magiciens de la Terre being held at the Pompidou Centre at the time, the collection is constantly evolving with the addition of works by artists of various generations from sub-Saharian Africa. It maintains strong links with the artists it supports, giving them visibility and recognition on the international art scene, and this was confirmed this year when the 52nd International Venice Biennale awarded a Golden Lion for lifetime achievements to 72 year old photographer Malick Sidibé, because no one is worthier than him to receive this honour (Robert Storr).

Jean Pigozzi reveals his passion and obsession for African art in about one hundred works selected from the collection, several of which have never been exhibited before. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, installations and site specific works as the one conceived by the South -African artist Esther Mahlangu for the new Fiat 500.

The great wealth of African contemporary artistic output is presented through the work of several artists -Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Chéri Samba and Malick Sidibé, George Lilanga and Keita Seydou, precursors of contemporary African art who died recently – who overcame the stereotype of folklore and decorative art of the postcolonial period and forged links with Western art, developing their own autonomous language.

The majority of these artists produce works that are figurative or inspired by current topics, depicting a reality that is both local and global.

One of the most obvious constants is the deep bond with the territory: the artists address the territory first and foremost, and they work with what is familiar to them; their art is inclusive, rooted in history and against division. Art that comes from the people, addresses the people and returns to the people, in the words of André Magnin.

The exhibition will be presented in a special setting created by Ettore Sottsass and Marco Palmieri.

A number of conferences and meetings and a film screening dedicated to Africa will be organised during the exhibition, supporting by ERSEL.

The guide to the exhibition has been realized by Fabrica, Benetton research centre on communications. Created to lead the visitor through the ‘itinerary’ of the show, the guide offers an insight to the artists and their work.



Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
from 06/24/07 to 09/30/07

'Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent' features the work of more than 85 artists from 25 countries on the African continent and the Diaspora. Considered to be the largest exhibition of contemporary African art ever seen in Europe, it includes painting, sculpture, installation, video, drawing, photography and design.

'Africa Remix' explores the themes of city and land (the contrasting experiences of urban and rural life), identity and history (including issues of tradition and modernity and the relation of the individual to the community), and body and soul (religion, spirituality, emotion and sexuality).

Cameroon-born, Paris-based curator and critic Simon Njami curated the exhibition, which was launched at the Museum Kunst Palast, Düat;sseldorf, in 2004. The show subsequently travelled to the Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. 'Africa Remix' will be open for the first time in Africa at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.



Opens: June 24
Closes: September 30



Johannesburg Art Gallery King George Street, (between Wolmarans and Noord Streets), Joubert Park, Johannesburg
Tel: (011) 725 3130
Email: amyw@joburg.org.za
Hours: Tue - Sun 10am - 5pm


100% Africa, The Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
from 10/12/06 to 02/18/07

This exhibition presents 25 contemporary African artists who live and work in sub-Saharan Africa. Painters, draftsmen, photographers, sculptors, and video artists from several generations are featured, including artists of international renown like portrait artist Seydou Keïta, painters Chéri Samba, George Lilanga, and Richard Onyango, the encyclopedist and universalist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, the unclassifiable Bodys Isek Kingelez and Romuald Hazoumé, as well as younger, highly promising artists such as Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Titos Mabota, Pathy Tshindele, and Calixte Dakpogan, in an installation by leading Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and by Marco Palmieri, a prominent member of Sottsass’s team.



Africa Remix, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
from 10/14/06 to 01/14/07

Africa Remix is an exhibition of contemporary art from Africa. It comprises around a hundred works by 86 artists, and is being shown on two floors of Moderna Museet.

The artists come from 25 African countries and several of them also live and work in Europe or the USA. The role of African artists on the international art scene is a contemporary one. The artists represent their own artist work – not their countries. The exhibition is split into three theme areas – Identity and History – City and Land – Body and Soul.

Chief Curator: Simon Njami
Curator: Annika Gunnarsson



Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
from 05/27/06 to 08/31/06

Africa - what comes to mind when envisaging this vast continent? Africa is marked by diversity - the beauty and majesty of its deserts, savannahs and tropical rainforests as well as by the soaring high-rises of its cities. This continent, 80 times the area of Japan, is a collection of countries with a multiplicity of traditions, cultures, peoples, religions and languages. Its allure is in direct proportion to its vastness.

Africa Remix provides an introduction to the surprisingly little known cultural richness of Africa today. It is an exhibition of around 140 works by 84 artists from 25 countries spanning the length and breadth of the continent as well as a series of supporting programs - talks, film, music, even food. African contemporary art has never been shown on such a large scale before and the exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, installation, photography, video, music and furniture design. Visitors will encounter the creative energy of today's African art as well as the power of expression that runs through life there.

“Remix” is a musical term that means creating new music by putting together original sound sources in a different way. The individual works in this exhibition move away from previous stereotypes by playing and resonating in a remix that conveys the contemporary African situation in a dynamic and compelling rhythm - one that we hope will capture your heart and mind.
This exhibition of contemporary African art can be your first step in getting to know more about Africa. Imagine that you are crossing the African continent and expand your world of imagination and experience by visiting Africa Remix.

This exhibition has already been shown at the museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, the Hayward Gallery, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, all of which collaborated with the Mori Art Museum its organization. (Chief Curator: Simon Njami)


Mori Art Museum:
53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower,
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, Japan
Tel: 81-(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)


VIVE L'AFRIQUE, agnès b. showroom, Tokyo, Japan
from 05/29/06 to 07/31/06

From 27 May to 31 August, the Tokyo Mori Museum presents the Africa Remix, Exhibition presented last summer by the Pompidou Centre in Paris and including "Medicament City", a work by Kingelez on loan from agnès b., a great lover of African art. At the same time the "agnès b. showroom", the designer's new exhibition area in Tokyo, will present "Vive l’Afrique" (Long live Africa) an exhibition of works by artists from the agnès b. galerie du jour (Paris), including the photographers Seydou Keïta and Malik Sidibé. The "conte du barbu" (story of the bearded man), a new series of drawings by Fréderic Bruly Bouabré will also be presented to the public for the first time. The agnès b. stores will also be giving a high profile to Africa with African prints as well as exclusive re-issues of Bruly Bouabré's artists' tee-shirts.

agnès b. showroom, Ark Yagi Hills, 1-8-7, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
from 10 am to 6:30 pm, except on weekends and bank holidays



ARTS OF AFRICA, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
from 07/16/05 to 09/04/05

From traditional arts to the Jean Pigozzi contemporary collection

Unique and spectacular, scenographic writing by Ettore Sotssass

Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
July 16th to September 4th, 2005, Espace Ravel


Africa Remix: l'art contemporain d'un continent, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
from 05/25/05 to 08/08/05

Après Düsseldorf et Londres, le Centre Pompidou accueille Africa Remix, première grande exposition d'art contemporain africain.

Africa Remix regroupe les œuvres d'artistes déjà présents dans les circuits de l'art contemporain ainsi que le travail de jeunes artistes encore peu connus. Cette exposition met en avant 84 artistes africains ou d'origine africaine, des femmes et des hommes vivant sur le continent africain ou ailleurs. Plus de 200 œuvres sont présentées. Africa Remix dresse un état de la création africaine dans ses développements les plus récents. Remix signifie, pour Jean Hubert Martin, commissaire de l'exposition de Dusseldorf : "que les chances sont redistribuées, que nous nous trouvons en présence d'une situation hybride, reflet de la globalisation". Cette exposition présente un état de l'art africain d'aujourd'hui, en prise directe avec les tendances les plus novatrices de la création contemporaine.

La plupart des artistes présentés traite des questions actuelles d'une réalité africaine post-coloniale. Ils appartiennent à une génération qui a grandi avec internet et vit les mutations africaines. Une grande variété de modes d'expression est représentée dans l'exposition : peinture, dessin, sculpture, assemblage, installation, photographie, vidéo, design, musique. Cette diversité rend compte de la richesse de la création africaine contemporaine, du Maghreb à l'Afrique du Sud en passant par l'Afrique sub-saharienne. "Africa Remix" devrait changer notre regard sur le mythe de l'Afrique.





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



Perspectives 145: Bodys Isek Kingelez, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas, USA
from 01/29/05 to 05/01/05

As part of a 2005 Houston-wide project focusing on contemporary art from Africa, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents the work of the seminal African sculptor Bodys Isek Kingelez in his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. Partly in reaction to the urban chaos of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) where the artist lives and works, Kingelez creates architectural models—at times grouping them into virtual cities—from recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, and plastic. Kingelez conceives these structures as prototypes for community dwellings that exemplify civic values such as peace, justice, and freedom. Includes a statement by Kingelez and documentation on the artist’s career.



To read this catalogue, click here.


Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Hayward Gallery, London, England
from 02/10/05 to 04/17/05

Africa - what comes to mind when envisaging this vast continent? Africa is marked by diversity - the beauty and majesty of its deserts, savannahs and tropical rainforests as well as by the soaring high-rises of its cities. This continent, 80 times the area of Japan, is a collection of countries with a multiplicity of traditions, cultures, peoples, religions and languages. Its allure is in direct proportion to its vastness.

Africa Remix provides an introduction to the surprisingly little known cultural richness of Africa today. It is an exhibition of around 140 works by 84 artists from 25 countries spanning the length and breadth of the continent as well as a series of supporting programs - talks, film, music, even food. African contemporary art has never been shown on such a large scale before and the exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, installation, photography, video, music and furniture design. Visitors will encounter the creative energy of today's African art as well as the power of expression that runs through life there.

“Remix” is a musical term that means creating new music by putting together original sound sources in a different way. The individual works in this exhibition move away from previous stereotypes by playing and resonating in a remix that conveys the contemporary African situation in a dynamic and compelling rhythm - one that we hope will capture your heart and mind.
This exhibition of contemporary African art can be your first step in getting to know more about Africa. Imagine that you are crossing the African continent and expand your world of imagination and experience by visiting Africa Remix.



Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
from 07/24/04 to 11/07/04

Africa - what comes to mind when envisaging this vast continent? Africa is marked by diversity - the beauty and majesty of its deserts, savannahs and tropical rainforests as well as by the soaring high-rises of its cities. This continent, 80 times the area of Japan, is a collection of countries with a multiplicity of traditions, cultures, peoples, religions and languages. Its allure is in direct proportion to its vastness.

Africa Remix provides an introduction to the surprisingly little known cultural richness of Africa today. It is an exhibition of around 140 works by 84 artists from 25 countries spanning the length and breadth of the continent as well as a series of supporting programs - talks, film, music, even food. African contemporary art has never been shown on such a large scale before and the exhibition includes painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, installation, photography, video, music and furniture design. Visitors will encounter the creative energy of today's African art as well as the power of expression that runs through life there.

“Remix” is a musical term that means creating new music by putting together original sound sources in a different way. The individual works in this exhibition move away from previous stereotypes by playing and resonating in a remix that conveys the contemporary African situation in a dynamic and compelling rhythm - one that we hope will capture your heart and mind.
This exhibition of contemporary African art can be your first step in getting to know more about Africa. Imagine that you are crossing the African continent and expand your world of imagination and experience by visiting Africa Remix.



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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Mongolie Soviétique  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mongolie Soviétique  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Kinshasa la Belle Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Magrehb Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Cana Dry Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Jamaïca Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Réveillon Fédéral Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Industria da Pharmacia Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Hôtel Marie Jeanne Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Simca Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Air Force Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Palais Hiroschima Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Bodys City Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Étoile Rouge Congolaise Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Barcelone Post Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Orient Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Papillon de Mer Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mundial Isek Sport  Kingelez-Bodys-Isek
Mundial Isek Sport Kingelez-Bodys-Isek


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