The Jean Pigozzi African Art Collection

GEORGES ADÉAGBO – À la rencontre de l’art, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

from 05/09/2017 to 08/10/2017

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)

Link to the exhibition website