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Where should I hide my head ? Lilanga-George
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Afrique, l'art sans frontières, Espace Gilbert Alauzet, Rieupeyroux, France
from 06/02/17 to 07/26/17

Guy Lenoir est un homme singulier qui depuis plus de trente ans, tisse des liens étroits avec l'Afrique. Au sein de cette exposition, une constellation d'artistes nous accueille, dont certains ont acquis une reconnaissance internationale. Mais l'un des atouts majeurs de la collection de Guy Lenoir est de faire écho à une actualité culturelle abondante.

L'Afrique souffre d'une image intemporelle, figée, proche de la nature, éloignée de la modernité. Dans l'inconscient collectif, les artistes sont assimilés à des artisans reproduisant des gestes et des schémas ancestraux. Sans doute les reliquats d'une pensée post-colonialiste.

Guy Lenoir ne parle pas de l'Afrique, mais des afriques. Il nous offre un regard neuf et curieux sur ce continent vigoureux et inventif, où les pratiques artistiques sont aussi diverses que les 54 pays qui le constituent.

Tel un fleuve et ses affluents, cette exposition forme un seul et même corps à travers des créations venues des quatre coins du continent, charriant des morceaux d'Histoire et de mythes.


Africa Rising, 1 rue de Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris
from 10/06/10 to 10/18/10
The CAAC is currently collaborating with Louis Vuitton and Edun in an exhibition called “Africa Rising” – an event taking place during Paris Fashion Week, October 6th - 18th.

Edun is the ethical clothing label founded by U2 singer Bono and his wife in 2005 to encourage trade with Africa. The Africa Rising exhibition will feature works from Jean Pigozzi’s African art collection, including sculptures from artist George Lilanga as well as some never before displayed prints from the photographer Seydou Keïta.
Edun's spring collection will also be showcased.


Read more in the Le Journal des Arts interview with Jean Pigozzi


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


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)


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



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.




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VILLAGERS ARE HAPPY WITH NEW SHOES Lilanga-George
TO HELP IS HELPING EACH OTHER Lilanga-George
Youths looking in the mirror Lilanga-George
HE IS HOLDING HIM SO THAT HE CAN'T FALL ( He his helping from falling down ) Lilanga-George
THESE GLASSES ARE FOR MY EYES Lilanga-George
You have no eyes how do you walk Lilanga-George
I CAN'T TRAVEL WITHOUT LOOKING AT MY MIRROR Lilanga-George
They are celebrating New Year /
Carry Him Carefully, He Shouldn't Fall /
Uishi Na Majirani Zako Vizure Ili Ukipatwa NA Shida Watakusaidia Lilanga-George
Mkutano  Wakijiji Lilanga-George
THEY ARE DISCUSSING PAST STORIES /
Nji Ni Watu Bila Watu Si Mji Na Sisi Lilanga-George
LETS CARRY HOM, HE IS A KING NOW /
EATING CONTEST /
HUSBANDRY /
WAPAKUAJI WA ASALI Lilanga-George
HELLO DEARS  ARE THESE FRUITS SWEET /
CIRCUS IN THE MORTAR /
Don't laugh, what I am telling you is the truth  Lilanga-George
Youth games Lilanga-George
Youths looking in the mirror Lilanga-George
Villagers are happy with their new shoes Lilanga-George
Passeport Size Lilanga-George
They are leaving Lilanga-George
African women in their works Lilanga-George
The game of lifting each other Lilanga-George
Please be patient,  this milk is enough for all of us Lilanga-George
The Village Lilanga-George
Family discussion Lilanga-George
They are astonished, where did the head come from? Lilanga-George
Drinkers Lilanga-George
Tongue competition Lilanga-George
Youth games Lilanga-George
The importance of fruits in the family Lilanga-George
This witch doctor gives his students the medicine in order to help themselves Lilanga-George
I don't want to understand me long I'm a human like you Lilanga-George
This is time for eating Lilanga-George
Different things that concern families Lilanga-George


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