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Top five acquisitions of the month - The Art Newspaper
Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter museum collections—from a compendium of African American history to the vast archive of an expelled Surrealist

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Contemporary African works from the collection of Jean Pigozzi. Museum of Modern Art, New York


The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York says a “transformative” gift of 45 works of contemporary African art from the collector Jean Pigozzi will make it a “unique institutional leader” in that field. Among the highlights is Alphabet bété (1991), described by the curator Sarah Suzuki as a “magnificent landmark work”, in which the Ivorian artist Frédéric Bruly Bouabré created a pictographic alphabet with 449 individual drawings. Another standout is Water Problem (2004), Chéri Samba’s environmentally themed painting of himself seeking new sources of water in space. MoMA says the gift will play an important role in the reinstallation of its permanent collection in expanded galleries in October.

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